Fort Wayne native riding across the country on horseback

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- A Fort Wayne native is traveling across the country on horseback.

Sam Hopkins-Hubbard, 52, was born in Fort Wayne but spent most of his life on the West Coast.

He left Oregon on April 5 carrying the American flag. Hopkins-Hubbard said he’s making the journey to bring hope to the American people.

“It’s time for us to stand together in this country. We’ve got a lot of problems that aren’t going to be fixed in Washington D.C.,” said Hopkins-Hubbard. “It’s going to be up to the citizens to step up and fix them. We seem to have forgotten that. I’m trying to give people hope and remind them that our strength is within each other. The family and the community and the care that people across the country are giving each other. It’s still there.”

Hopkins-Hubbard plans to write a book about his experience after he wraps up his trip in September. His last stop will be the Atlantic Coast in northern Virginia. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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