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James Miekka and his guide dog Zoey walked from Citrus County to St. Petersburg in 2010 to raise money and awareness for the Blind Americans Wishing Well Center.
POSTSCRIPT: James Miekka: Advocate for the blind

HOMOSASSA — In 2010, James Miekka decided to take a walk.

He planned to start from the Blind Americans building in Hernando and travel the 130 miles to St. Petersburg with just himself and his guide dog, Zoey, to raise awareness about his fellow blind Americans.

He relied on a Braille compass, a tape recorder with exact mileage recorded for the trip, a talking watch, his cellphone and a hands-free trailer that he hooked to his belt and pulled behind him. He averaged 20 miles a day.