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...

Bernardo, New Mexico



  1. Awesome! It's great to hear your voices. I think that's the first time I've heard Walter's voice. I'll bet that the fish was delicious!

    You must be getting tired of that wind.

    For a mini-meteorology lesson, perhaps Walter can tell you how the wind causes lenticular clouds to form on the lee side of a mountain and create a phenomenon called mountain wave.

    The world record altitude for a sailplane (glider) is over 50,000 feet. Keep in mind that this is a plane with no motor that probably released from the powered plane that towed it up at about 2,000 feet and climbed the rest of the way on its own - in mountain wave conditions.

    I'm a glider pilot, but I don't have the money to fly at the moment. They're really fun, though.

    Are you a skydiver, Linny? I saw a post of yours somewhere where you mentioned that you had to be sure to include skydiving in your dream life. I thought that was cool.

  2. Salutations! Looks ike you have a nice place to hole up for a night!

    When I starting doing video journal blogs on my sites two years ago, it was awkward at first. All of a sudden the camera is rolling and it's all impromptu. It's different being on stage playing music --- because at least you have a set list in front of you, right?

    Linny...I noticed that you said you always had music and horses. We have common ground that way. This June 6th is the 40th anniversary of my playing my first Bach invention on the piano at the tender age of two. Horses came when I was 8. Hard to imagine but music comes first and horses another close first (lol!). And either way....they both mix together like good pie and coffee!

    So..... in FOUR days your birthday is coming up. Any big plans stewing for a brew ha ha on the road???

  3. I agree with JackieB, it's so nice to hear your voices. For me it's also the first time to hear Walter and he has a really nice voice. Seems a great guy! Can't wait to meet him!
    You look tired Lin! Hope you get some rest and that the wind will slow down! Have to read your last posts so after dinner I will make some time to do that, it's really my moment. It takes me back to our time together in the States! Big hug to Walter and Soj! Love Nico

  4. hey guys it's 75 with a light wind in colorado. bed, shower and i'll even cook. still can change directions. scenery is way cooler too!!! but.... if not we love you and following along no matter what the direction!!
    aunt val & geary

  5. oh yeah and 10 acres of pasture Soj.

  6. Yes, very good to hear your voices and actually see a little bit of what this trip entails. I was so busy with things over the weekend I didn't go on the computer, and I had this little nagging feeling like I was missing something. It's been 3 days though, I'm relieved I didn't miss any posts, but I hope all is well. I want to wish you the very happiest of Birthdays! We should all be celebrating the anniversary of your arrival on this earth!


    There's a glider airport in Franconia (well actually Easton Valley), which is not too far from here. I've never ridden in a glider, but I have galloped my horse down the runway.(I used to rent a little cottage from the woman who owned the land, and had permission). While galloping full speed can feel a bit like flying- Bugle could not leave the ground to soar like the gliders.

    Nancy is right about how these comments have taken on a life of their own. It would be great if our little blog comment family can be here for Linny when she arrives, and we can meet in person!

  7. Jeni,
    How cool that you got to gallop right down the runway! I checked out that club. It looks like a nice one. I could a new video about it. http://www.wmur.com/chroniclevideo/21281665/index.html

    Is the adjacent national forest all open to horseback riding? It is here in Michigan (Manistee National Forest).

  8. I guess my internet connection is poor because your video plays for a couple of seconds and then goes into the little circle thing and plays again and another circle thing. Even with limping through it, there is no missing the wind out there. Holy crow! Is it like that all the time or often? Hope your dinner was fine and sand-free!