Get rid of the first sentence. Its confusing. Sounds like the guys is taking a walk down the street, no clue why he should be pointing out he's alive?
You seem to do a lot of 'telling', not enough showing.
The bolded parts need help... Each sentence starts and ends the same way.
The worn dirt road passed slowly under his boots in the refreshing morning light. His backpack hung from his shoulder, it's weight as comforting as an old friend. He slaked his thirst from an old water skin.
Its just a suggestion, I only rearranged your words and expanded a little. Just to give you an idea that it can be made much better very easily.
(no critting my corrections lol!)