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...
need some pie from Pie Town!!!!
We had just gone to look at the view of the mesas in the morning before taking off. We camped at the top of a hill and if you walked up just a bit it opened up into what looked like a view from the movie "The Land Before Time". All it needed were some dinosaurs.
Sojourner is feeling a lot better today. He looks like he's back to his old self, whinnying for food and greeting us with bright eyes. We have decided to take a week here though. Larry and Jenny thought it would really do Soj good to give him the time to recoup again like we did in Joshua Tree. Larry thought it would probably be best to do something like this every 7 weeks or so...give him a decent chunk of time to rest his muscles and do nothing but eat, drink, and sleep all day. So, that's what we've decided on. I am working out some new things with his diet as well. I am going to try another grain made by Purina that will be easier to get all the way across. We have also started him on pellets because it's going to be hard to get the same hay across the country, but we can depend on the pellets to be available.
Larry and Jenny are teaching their first clinic of the season next week which they have invited us to attend with Sojourner. There is so much to learn from them so Walter and I agreed that it's an opportunity we shouldn't pass up. They have been so incredibly generous with their time, knowledge, and home. Stephen sure has found gems everywhere we go...even here in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico.
Right now we are in a little general store that is around the corner from the ranch and they actually have wireless internet! Walter and I really want some pie, but the little pie cafe is only open on the weekends so we will go tomorrow. Pie Town is pretty much closed down during the week. There isn't even a grocery store here, just this little general store.
The woman who owns this shop is fantastic and has shown me a picture of her "pride and joy" which is a Morgan horse, and told me all about her ma and pa. Her mom is under 5 feet tall and drives a massive truck. She has to sit on a bunch of pillows. Her pa owns this general store and the land around which they are turning into a campground. Her ma must be at least 75 so I bet she looks pretty cute hoisted up on pillows behind the wheel of a giant truck.
Alright...I'm off to raid pie town until I find a piece of pie somewhere....
Soj, Walter, Lin shadow
birds on the fence at sunrise off of CR6040 in New Mexico.
There was Y in the road at one point (on 6040) and Walter said he wasn't sure I would know which way to go. He figured I would have my compass out and would go the right way, but just in case he left me this sign....the "E" is made with an old cow patty. He said after he made the sign he parked a few miles up to wait for me like always and he was laughing to himself imagining some old farmer driving by and seeing the sign and then coming across Walter sitting there on the side of the road in his truck...just shaking his head as he drives by. :) ha!!