20 year old passing through North Dakota lives life on the roadFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As Dorothy once told us, "There's no place like home." Unless you don't have one. Imagine growing up on the streets, no home, no money, no family.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As Dorothy once told us, "There's no place like home." Unless you don't have one. Imagine growing up on the streets, no home, no money, no family.
It's the life story of one 20-year-old who is currently "passing through" Fargo.
He's called simply, a traveler. A person who goes from city to city, state to state always in search of something new, something better.
For Tyler Harmon a life of hitchhiking, odd jobs and sleeping in freight cars is almost all he knows.
He's been a traveler since the age of 10.
Tyler Harmon, Homeless Since Ago 10: “It's been a long life already.”
Tyler Harmon left home ten years ago. Unhappy with his adoptive parents, he sought a life of his own.
Harmon: “They told me they didn't want me, so I figured it's best off to do what I can for myself.”
And for Tyler, that meant a life on the road. He estimates he's seen each coast about 100 times. Of course, he has his favorites.
Harmon: “New York is really cool, it's a dangerous place. I really like New Orleans; they have a lot of cool buildings and architecture there. The surf in California is really cool.”
And don't think Tyler is uneducated. He taught himself. Reading textbooks in his spare time he got his diploma three years ago.
Harmon: “A lot of kids don't realize, once you're in school, you hate it, but once you're out of it and not learning anything, you want to learn more.”
Easier than it looks he says, but not a life made for everyone. He guesses at any given time there are 3,000 people just like him, living the nomadic lifestyle.
Harmon: “The main difficulty is just letting go of the luxuries, not having specific a bed to sleep in or something to call your own, all you have is what's on your back and what you can carry.”
It's been a tough life, a fun life, a life of more adventures in 10-years than most of us would experience in 10 decades. So, any regrets?
Harmon: “Not one thing, I like who I am today and that's what made me who I am.”
While in Fargo, Tyler and his girlfriend have been staying in a tent back in these woods, that is until a no trespassing sign went up this morning.
Up next, Minneapolis, then Columbus, Ohio. And hopefully, come January, he wants to settle down in California, go to tech school, and pursue a job in Architecture.