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...
To the readers,
My hopes are high that this isn't going to be anything too serious. Soj's swelling is down a bit again today. We are driving to the 4 6's ranch now.
It has made me feel so much better to get your comments and emails stating similar cases with your horses. It gives me hope that like your horses, Soj will be able to continue on. And thank you for crossing your fingers and toes!
I can't tell you much it helps to hear you all say you are thinking about him and that it will be okay. Sometimes you need that to keep from throwing your hands in the air and crawling under a rock for a while.
Sometimes you just want home when things go wrong and I think that is one of the biggest challenges for us, not having home to run to...
But...we are not at all alone here. I have told myself I have to keep my energy up where everyone else's is. We have been given a lot of support and options so I need to be able to process those and keep everything in perspective. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes others can be giving you a hundred percent and you're only available for fifty because you're starting to check out.
Walter and I have managed to stay positive for the most part though with your help and have been able to enjoy the people we are with. That's the nice thing about getting held up a bit. We get so close to the people we are with and that is what this is all about.
Other than the swelling, Soj looks great. He's quite the horse, that Sojourner.
I'll check in a little later. I hope I hope I hope with good.news..