'World guy' walks for diabetes awareness (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW)

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

He, Nice the Dog and the ball average about one mile in 30 to 40 minutes, but it’s not about speed, he said.

“After 6,000 of those, who cares?” he said.

His time depends greatly on how often he’s stopped to talk.

“One day I’ll talk to five people all day and have meaningful, great, memorable meetings with people,” he said. “Other days dozens and dozens stop. It’ll take five hours to go two miles.”

The world is painted blue and green and emblazoned with Bendl’s website – worldguy.org. He’s recently started a foundation to raise money for diabetes research and people can read about his travels at the website.

The prop is an eye-catcher.

Doug Wilson, 32 of Crestview, had seen Bendl and the world going down U.S. Highway 90 days before and visited his website. He spotted him again on his way to work Sunday and on the way home he pulled over to stop and talk.

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