On March 1st, 2010, my friend Walter and I set off on an adventure with my Arabian horse, Sojourner. I rode Soj across America and Walter drove our little truck (with no trailer). The trip began in Los Angeles, California and successfully ended in Bath, New Hampshire 8 months and 14 days later. It was a 3,700 mile ride.
We rode in celebration of family and as an outreach to those dealing with divorce-related depression.
This ride tells a tale of love in many forms - through the people we meet along the way, our connection with the horse, with the land, and with each other.
As this blog goes on it gets more and more in depth with tons of photos and experiences. Snuggle in with a cup of tea and read this like a book. I have switched the blog around so it reads start to finish so you don't have to read backward (except the first entry).
Here is our story...
first big practice ride
Yesterday we rode for 12 hours. I'm not sure how far we went, but we hit a lot of obstacles which was awesome for Sojourner. He was scared of nothing...even got on the trailer at the end of the night without a problem. We ran into a pretty deep river which he crossed without a problem, ran into a log filled with honey bees that we messed around with more than we should have and had bees chasing us....still no problem. We also crossed a crazy bridge that really scared Henry (he has been talking about it all day today), and picked our way through rocky areas and train tracks and held up a train. Today we went to the park so Soj could graze for a while. He seems fine today-a little tired, but not too bad. Last night we ended the ride in pouring, cold rain so it was nice to be in the sunny park this morning. Here are some pictures from yesterday's ride....