PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man tells CBS 3 Eyewitness News he hitchhiked from Washington state to Philadelphia for the papal visit.

(Greg Argos:) “How did you get here?”

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“I hitchhiked,” Corky said.

When asked why it was so important to be in Philadelphia, he said:

“I love the Pope, I have prayers that I need best for sick relatives and I don’t know how to say it, but my heart is full.”

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(Greg Argos:) “You want his blessing.”

“Yes, my blessing of the Pope I think it’s important we recognize the traditions of the church as being a part of our lives,” he said.

He says it took him eight days to travel to Philadelphia.

“People in this country are beautiful. I’m very grateful,” he said.

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He reportedly is going to hitchhike home.