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...
working things out....
I am going to get to sleep now because I have a pretty long ride tomorrow. We decided to take today off as well and get things sorted out. Tomorrow night we are camping so I might not be able to write because we won't have Jordan and his iphone. The next night we will be in a town with service though and I'll write more then.
Jordan's ambulance is pretty much done, we think. It's transmission was replaced, but the engine is bad too. Jordan is going to stay behind with Robbie and John and see what his options are. If he fixes it he could join back up with us (without the trailer-too much strain) or he might sell it and head back to Texas. He is unsure about what he wants to do from here so I don't really know yet either. There should be more info. from him tomorrow.
Walter and I worked all day emptying out any stuff I had in the ambulance and repacking the truck. Jordan and Walter figured out a way to pack the magic hay so we can take 5 bales with us. We also have a few bags of grain and rice bran as well. The truck is packed to the brim, but I am feeling better since we were able to get 5 bales. That will take us a ways. A lot of the time ranches that we stay at donate a night and morning feeding as well. I have just been using our hay because it's done wonders for Soj, but now I think I will start mixing any hay that is offered to us at ranches with this hay to stretch it out a little longer and ween him off of our magic hay.
He is so much more fit now that I think he will be okay. Jordan feels okay about everything too. We'll just have to see what happens.
The three of us have had just a wonderful time with Robbie and John. They have cooked for us and shared their stories and home so openly. I think I will play a bit of catch up in a couple of days and write more then though because I am so sleepy. Robbie made the point that being mentally tired makes you physically tired and I think that's what happened. I was a bit stressed about the hay and the ambulance and of course, Jordan, and not wanting to inconvenience Robbie and John (who are so gracious and didn't even blink an eye when we couldn't get everything packed up and ready in time).
It has all left me exhausted now and I need to get up early to get out and ready. Robbie is making us crepes in the morning. I can't wait for that. Hey Ma, she said she only likes them with cinnamon and sugar, sound familiar?
Much more soon....