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...

Big riding days...in West Virginia!


Just a quick little update....

I'll write more soon, but we have a flat tire to fix today and feed to pick up. I used our cafe time today to get back to some emails.

We are visiting Athens, OH. right now, but we have ridden to Parkersburg, West Virginia!! We rode 5 long days in a row and whizzed through Ohio. West Virginia will be a fairly quick state as well. We are only in it for 150 miles or so. Pennsylvania is going to take a bit of time, but once we get through there and hit NY we will be home about 3 weeks after! I can't believe it. Oh man, it's been a long time comin', but here it comes...soon.

Happy Fall to all of you. It's been pretty hot here. I had to go back to my bike shorts, but next week the weather is supposed to change drastically. I am looking forward to hot apple cider and colorful leaves!


  1. Just want to let you know we're all still thinkin' about you here in Parker :) Love you both!

  2. **A West Virginia Divorce Story - 2006***

    Love was in the air from the get go. They were connected to one another like they thought they should be, loved each other with all their hearts. Love was the easy part for them, it was everything else that got in the way.

    He was a closet alcoholic, she was codependent and came from an alcoholic family lifestyle. She swore she would never marry a man who had alcoholic tendencies...she loved her husband who was a shining example of what alcoholism was NOT. At least in the beginning.

    Three weeks after they said "I do"...he revealed that he was an alcoholic...and had been sober for three years. Which meant he was one year sober when they met. He hid the meetings he was attending, he hid all of it.

    With a deep breathe, she took that in, processed it and loved him through his deception. He started drinking again which kicked of an abuse cycle for her. They were young, no kids..and were never married before. It took five times and a trip to the hospital for her to leave. She divorced him a damaged woman and he never understood why.

    Today she is happy and alone. They had no kids. She loves her horses that play in her pasture. Her horse was her healing connection to her world. That horse helped her make sense of the hurt and the healing began on top of a saddle. She is ok and growing stronger every day.

    He is getting help...and wants so badly to love again without regret. His commitment to himself is greater than ever...and he is in a new relationship again...

  3. World Equestrian Games Free Live Streaming Link

    Linny, Walter,

    You mentioned possibly volunteering at the WEG. I'm guessing that's not going to be possible after all, but you and Linny and Sojourner ride followers can catch free live streaming of events at the link I posted above.

    Could be big trouble for me. :) I got hooked on the Olympics in China last year and this could be even worse (better?)!

    Ride On!

  4. Hi Linny,
    Walking around the property, I lamented you and Cait weren't here to utilize all the blackberries, huckleberries and apples that are lush and ripe for the picking. I can almost smell the pies you could make, to say nothing of the jams and jellies. Fall is definitely here, crisp air and earthy smells. The main sign is the termites.... they start swarming in large masses that undulate in the air like a small hurricane. Our little tradition is to get the tennis rackets out and start swinging. Love the golden light this time of year. I'm sure you are experiencing much the same on the other side of the continent. Glad to see the weather cooling for you. Now, just get home before the snow!
    Just a quick hello and sending my usual love and support.

    Big, big hugs. Celebrate Walter's birthday in style.... what ever that may be. He's a keeper.


  5. You've got me psyched for the pies! Yes, fall is here. The foliage is actually past peak around here, a bit early this year. It went by very fast.