Dubuque man plans to spread kindness on countrywide journey

Jeff Lenhart rides his Vespa scooter in Dubuque. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG-TV9)
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Dubuque man is preparing to travel the country spreading kindness only on a Vespa scooter.

Jeff Lenhart volunteers at the Dubuque Rescue Mission and is involved with other activities in the Dubuque area. He tries to spread kindness in everything he does.

After reading a book about a man traveling the country with no money, Lenhart decided he wanted to do something similar.

He started saving up money in October of 2015. Recently, he found a Vespa scooter in Maine on Craigslist and he bought it. He calls the yellow scooter BeeKind.

Thursday, August 2 he flies out of Dubuque to travel to Maine to pick up his scooter and start his nationwide journey.

Each day he plans to stop in a new city and volunteer somewhere: a soup kitchen, shelter or school, for example. He won't be staying in hotels either; he plans to couch surf to meet new people and learn about new perspectives.

Lenhart said he wanted to save up more money before he began the journey, but figured now was as good a time as any.

"I was going to wait a year and save up more money and plan this better but really cause everything that's been happening around the world and in our country, I decided to leave now," he said.

He's calling the journey "BeeKind Across America."

He believes it will take between two and three months. He hopes to come back a changed man, and then write a book about the experience.