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Man carrying cross toward Riverhead wants to remind people about religion

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Man with cross seen on Main Road in Southold Saturday morning heading for Riverhead, he said.


While most North Forkers were forced inside due to this morning’s rain, one man has remained in the elements.

His name is Robert Elijah Wood, and he’s been walking Long Island’s forks, carrying a crucifix for the past 32 hours straight as of Saturday midday with no sleep, he said in a brief interview.

Mr. Wood, 55, of Mansfield, Texas and originally Freeport, NY, said he’d been carrying his cross  for 22 years and was attempting to walk through the entire state of New York.

This particular trek began in Freeport. Mr. Wood headed east, hopped to the North Fork via Shelter Island and landing in Greenport, where he said hotels were too expensive for him to sleep.

“I’m hoping to get some sleep in Riverhead,” he said as he neared Depot Lane in Cutchogue.

Mr. Wood said after he got some rest,  he would continue onward to Baldwin, New York, where he is currently staying.

Mr. Wood said he does the walks all over the country to “remind people that Jesus Christ died for our sins and we need to repent and come back to him,” which he said has been the sole occupation his life.

He does not have any family. “You think if I had a wife she’d let me do this?” he asked.