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If you're excited for the total solar eclipse, you're not alone, but can you say you'd pull a giant world 200 miles for the occasion? One Louisville man can. WNKY's Alissa Kendrick caught up with him on his trek down Russellville Road to get you the details.

55-year-old Erik Bendl has been on a mission to save the world and bring a few fun selfies to those passing by the past three weeks--walking from Louisville and ending in Hopkinsville on August 21st to view the total eclipse by his sisters side.

Along the way he's bringing awareness to a world wide issue--diabetes--something he says his mother died from at the age he is now,

"I think it's a good idea that we all should walk everyday and take care of ourselves to prevent, control, and turn diabetes around. I've done 15 walks over the past 10 years and I've walked into, through, or touched base in all of the the lower 48--me and the world."

Erik has trucked through the states with his 80lb world for 20 years, grabbing attention and bringing awareness to the disease, which not only affected his mothers health but multiple members of his family.

He says he didn't create the massive earth himself, but by someone giving something away, he's been able to give back to society in a massive way,

"1998 was when I scavenged it from the trash. A woman was going to throw it away. She gave me the option of saving the world, so I did. Now after talking to thousands and thousands of people, both good stories and bad, the most healthy people I've met are diabetics type 1 and 2 who take charge of their life and exercise, eat right, do everything they can to control diabetes."

Although the goal of this trip is to get to his sister and view the total eclipse, and his goal for all of his trips is to bring light to prevention and control of the diabetes--if you want a selfie, come on over--he's pretty down to earth. 

Alissa Kendrick--WNKY News.

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