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...
somewhere between here and there...
I just had a nice rest in Phoenix with my aunt and uncle, but I am really tired still tonight for some reason. We had an easy day too-we only went 18 miles. I'm not exactly sure where we are though.
Phoenix was great. Last night we went out with my cousin and played a bunch of games of pool. Then we danced. The night before I met up with my good friends, Rushad and Graham, who happened to be passing through Phoenix because they are on tour right now (their band is Tornado Rider-electric cello, bass, and drums-amazing musicians). Rushad is the cellist you hear on our tracks "Wind-Up Boy" and "My Sleeping Prince". It was great to see them. We talked about love and life and relationships as we often do and played pool.
We were talking about how people today have broken the mold of old traditions and have turned towards sexual freedom and exploration. I was telling them how it seems to be a recurring theme that older people believe that marriages were more successful in the past because the wife stayed home and there was more time for family. I can see the beauty of tradition and I can even see the beauty of having mom at home all the time, but of course, I am a woman who wants to live my life the way I want to live it and would not fit into the traditional mold of older times. Still, I agree that time spent together is crucial and maybe there is some sort of balance that is yet to be created in most households...a new mold.
All of us agreed that we make a ridiculously big deal over sex and sex appeal. So many of us are always trying to look sexy. Ads are sexy and t.v. is sexy and everything is sexy. It's too much. I mean, a woman or man should dress so they feel confident and I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a sassy outfit now and then, but like I said, it's just too much...and I don't know how or what it hurts exactly, but I think it does hurts us. It's just all gone overboard.
I'm not preaching here though...I'm just writing as I think and to be honest I think I'm too tired to analyze this kind of stuff right now. These are just some of the things I talked about over the last couple of days.
Right now I am in a tent with a candle burning...probably not the smartest thing in the world to do, but I want the candle for light and it's too buggy to be outside.
Nancy, I have wanted to write to you and tell you that I love your comments-I love that you tell stories and philosophize along with me. To all of you who read and especially those of you who comment, I read the comments and I think about them while I'm riding. They help me formulate new thoughts. I only have so much battery usually though on this computer and I am usually pretty tired so it's sometimes hard to comment back...but I definitely think about them.
I do want this blog to be a place where we bounce ideas off of each other though and I really, really enjoy the feedback.
Walter made 25 CD's today. It's our new album. I am going to sign them from me and Soj and they are available for $10 plus $5 for shipping. They don't have a fancy case yet, but the recordings are the same and although they might not be as fancy as the future album might be, they are unique in that they're from the trail and will be signed from me and Soj. The album does look nice too-Walter put the image of my eye with Soj's eye on it. He did a great job. It looks cool.
Tomorrow we have a short ride again. I have to finish some leather orders in the morning and then I'll start riding around noon or so. We are only going about 15 miles. I'm not exactly sure where I'm going tomorrow. East...always East.
I can hear Soj eating outside my tent and Jordan is out there smoking his snake skin. Walter is looking at the map and listening to Manchester Orchestra. My skin feels itchy which is annoying me. I think getting scratched by things I ride by during the day and sweat and Soj's sweat and hair and these darn bugs all makes for itchy skin.
We had a good dinner tonight though. I'm not vegetarian anymore. Not for this ride anyway. We had an onion so I caramelized it and added cashews and chicken and a tomato. Walter made Parmesan couscous. It was delicious. We ate by the fire and a little baby snake that Jordan caught accompanied us in an empty water bottle. He's free now though. He just joined us for dinner and then Jordan let him go again.
Oh too bad, a moth died in my candle.
We are very close to the Rio Verde River, but we can't camp next to it because it's running through the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation so we are by the road. It's a bummer because it looks so beautiful down by the river. Maybe we should have chanced it and gone down, but those federal regulation signs are deterring. We are in a decent little spot anyway-it's just that we hear cars instead of running water.
This is camp tonight. That's my candle lighting up the tent. Jordan just took the picture and said "Hey! You want a picture for the blog tonight??"
I am talking to my brother, Danny, on the phone in this shot. Soj and I were waiting for Walter to see where we were supposed to turn next and Jordan was down in the trees taking this picture and gathering walnuts which we later happily ate.
Alright then...I'm going to beg Walter for a back/leg/arm/head rub now. :)