MIAMI -

It took months to find Hickory Francis, the driver most shared with Local 10 by viewers.

Drivers often see Hickory riding his scooter around South Florida with his six pets in tow.

"This is really a unique piece of machinery," he said.

Everyone he owns, including his four cats and two dogs, has a place on his scooter.

"Life wouldn't be any better without them," said Hickory. "I'd be in the loneliest guy in town, like the Maytag washer guy."

Hickory spends many of his nights in parks or truck stops. Life, he said, has humbled him.

"Just looking for -- not the pot of gold. I've given up chasing the pot of gold but I would sure like a little piece of the apple pie already," he said.

Hickory plays guitar and sings but has struggled to find gigs. Now, he simply wants a job.

"I'll take any kind of work providing it's not dealing with hazardous chemicals," he said.

Until then, Hickory will continue to provide for his four-legged friends.

"It doesn't make any difference if you have a lot or a little -- it's how you manage it," he said.

Francis added that he lives by a simple message he learned from his grandmother.

"Enjoy your life, kid, because this is it," he recalled.

Driver with pets spotted all over South Florida

Published On: Jan 07 2014 04:03:50 PM EST
Send photos of sights you see on roads to Share@Local10.com

For weeks, Local 10 viewers have sent in pictures of a man who rides around South Florida with pets strapped to his scooter.

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Pete saw him on Griffin Road at I-95.

If you'd like to help Hickory, his phone number is 678-964-9336.