He has a huge, padded head, perfectly round red cheeks and a wobbly tail and runs from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Jesse Larios says he doesn’t know exactly what inspired him to dress up as the character he called Bearsun and begin the 400-mile (644 km) journey, but he was pleased with the attention it received was granted to him.
“It was definitely an impulsive decision. I didn’t plan it,” said the 33-year-old in the brown and white suit he designed.
The journey that Larios began on April 12th has grown into something bigger and draws fans from everywhere.
Larios has opened a GoFundMe account that raised $ 7,100 as of Wednesday. When he reached San Francisco, he said he planned to hold an online vote to determine where the money should be donated.
“I just want to help people,” said Larios.
Larios made stops on the way to sleep and eat, but not much else. He visits gas stations to eat and tidy up, and just sleeps in a suit wherever he is at the end of the day. The trip has already taken longer than expected, but he said he was in no rush.
Instead, he goes for a walk, enjoys the view he posts on Instagram, and takes inspiration from the trip and all the people he met along the way.
“It was all pretty wild to be honest,” said Larios. “It inspires me to do new things. It brings new ideas. It inspires my creativity. It helps a lot and it feels good too.”