In a nutshell, it was pretty awesome… More than anything, I learned what a truly extraordinary horse will do for you, and that extraordinary horses are the stuff of legends.
As Roxy healed up, I settled into town and life here.
I started walking Roxy… Then I started riding her. It took 6 weeks for the wound to completely heal, and 3 weeks for it to heal enough to ride. It’s luck and a blessing that nothing worse than this happened.
Our first night in Guatemala was kind of sketchy. We were staying in a cheap hotel that had some grass in the yard. The next morning we left El Carmen and rode to Malacatan. This was Roxy’s first ride since getting the hoof inflammation 2 weeks earlier.
I’m excited to cross into the country I called home for a while, all those years ago. It will be a blast to hook up with Maya Pedal, the group for which I’ve been raising funds and awareness.
It’s been 275 days on the road, and we have covered 3300 miles, or 5280 kilometers. That’s 12 miles a day or 365 miles a month. 20 days of 30 each month riding, 10 days per month rest, which equals 18 miles per day ridden. Over the 9 months on the road, I’ve been riding 330 to 460 miles per month. The average is 365 miles or 584 km per month.
Americans were far more generous to me than expected. And far less interested in the Maya Pedal project than expected. Everyone wanted to know about my trip and my horse, etc.
Maya Pedal designs and manufactures pedal powered machinery for farmers and families in Guatemala. They sell, donate and subsidize the machines accordingly. Maya Pedal is directed by Mario Juarez and his wife Veronica. Their daughter Melody helps with the non-profit as well.
Maya Pedal develops, builds, markets and distributes sustainable pedal powered technology to assist Guatemalans in their day to day life.
In September 2017, we embark on a 2 year 5000 mile horse ride- to discover delicious food, visit healthy farms, and raise funds for Maya Pedal.