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...
The sun is out!! Ooohhh....actually-I have had my head buried in a notebook, then got onto the computer without ever looking up. After I wrote "the sun is out" I looked out of this office window and saw that the clouds have rolled in and covered the sky. How did that happen so fast??
It's okay though because I hear that is normal up on this little mountain we're on. We should be riding into sunshine today and at least it's not nearly as cold as it has been the last two days.
Yesterday Walter and I both drove a carriage! Two Percherons were pulling it. I have always wanted to drive! Walter and I were both surprised at how much steering you have to do. Kait and Rooster (that's his childhood nickname-when he was 4 years old his father saw him flapping his arms like a Rooster outside of the window because he was mad at his mom. The name stuck) told us there might be a little extra steering involved because the big guy pulling on the right was only 4 years old.
I haven't had a chance to get to the pictures yet so they are still on the camera (which I dropped at Nemocolin and banged up pretty bad, breaking one of our two lenses. Bummer. I had set the camera on the hood of the truck...and then drove away....)
We'll get the pictures off soon though and I'll work on them. We have a pretty long ride today to Bedford, PA. It's going to be a little tough because we have had such easy days of only 15-17 miles. We haven't rested in 6 days, but none of us feel like we really need to when we are only riding such short days. I'm afraid we've spoiled ourselves though and today will feel like it should be over when we are only half way through!
Yesterday we rode 15 miles in 2.5 hours. Soj was feeling good and ready to go so I just let him pick the pace.
Walter is packing the truck and Soj is waiting patiently for his grain so I should probably get out there!!