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...
So...the ambulance is in the shop with a new transmission and it's forecast is still looking grim. Jordan might have to take a bus back to Austin and it stinks because he doesn't know if he should try to ship his leather back that's in it or sell it or what. The thing is, we are in the middle of Arizona and kind of have to always keep moving. So...there is limited time to figure it out.
I have my trailer that is full of all of Soj's food. It's stressful for me because this hay along with the bags of rice bran that the trailer carries have helped Soj so much. I mean, he looks so fit and strong now-the best he's ever looked and I hate to go back to having different hay wherever we go. Jordan and Walter and I have been saying this is just part of the story and it's okay, we'll get through it, but at this moment in time it's a little tough.
I could put a tow package on my Tacoma, but it's a 4cyl and to get it so that it could tow the trailer (we would still have to sell half of the hay to lighten the load) it would be $2,000 which is too much for me. So....I could leave the trailer here (because Robbie and John have offered that) but this means when I get to NH I would still have to put a tow package on and drive back to AZ to get this trailer. And still we wouldn't have the hay which is really my biggest concern. It's just made all the difference for Soj.
So then we were thinking we could put a hitch on the back of the truck and buy one of those little flat bed trailers. Then maybe we could pull 6 bales or so. That would be about 650 pounds though and still tough for the truck because on top of that we have water and grain and rice bran and then all of our stuff....but if I out the tow package on the flat bed would be okay, I guess...
Any suggestions? Either way, I have to head out tomorrow and I think we might be camping which means I can't leave because I have to stay with Soj.
I just want him to have his food. I just don't know what to do....