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...

Italian Cowboy-Linny and Caiti Kenney with Cellojoe

5/17/10

"Italian Cowboy"
Sunny days, planting his flowers inside the sweet smell of May.
Life is play, laughter, and jokes to the man of the day.

Grand Italian.
Riding his Stallion, cowboys award him with praise.
Smiling handsome, touching a life every step of the way.

And you carefully watch as he turns something old into new.
Ooh, she's thinking of you.

"Never bow down.
Life is a Kingdom waiting and you wear the crown".
He'll tell you, "Stay true. Laugh as they talk. Every knock is a boost".

Ooh, an unsmoked cigar, snakeskin boots, and a set point of view.
Ooh, she's fallen for you.

So ride on out to the sun
Chasing the rain
Stained by the strength of your blood.
And there is where you'll finally see an Italian Cowboy galloping free.

(Sunny days, an Italian Cowboy gallops away)

5 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Linny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I sure am grateful to have met you. Your grace, humor, charity, wit, wisdom, courage, and many other attributes I am undoubtedly leaving out are an inspiration to all.

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  2. 1 am central time. Happy Birthday Cowgirl! 29--- I remember when. That the was year of my first long ride. Starting Point: Chicago. End Point: Florida. Oh those days were filled with so much promise and hope...and now more so than ever. Time is relative, isn't it? May you have an awe inspiring year and keep riding that dream come true!

    I knew an Italian Cowboy once....

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  3. Happy Birthday Sweetie,
    Seems really nice that you are remembering Poppy on your Birthday. I can picture him out there riding next to you wearing those snake skin boots with his fist in the air, saying you go baby!

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  4. beautiful! happy birthday!

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  5. Happy birthday my dear dear friend!!! Tried to call you but left a message.. Will try it again soon!! Hope this will be an awesome year for you and that all your dreams may come true but I guess this dream is already coming true!! Even with our distance I feel like I'm riding with you trough your stories.. You have such a great gift to write, you can really feel it and it gives you something to think about, thank you for that!!! All my love, also from my mom and Erwin, Nico and Scout!

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