I want to thank everyone I came into contact with during the 5000 miles of hope solo horse ride from Canada to Guatemala.
The Long Riders Guild is the go to resource site for support and information regarding horse travel and long distance expeditions.
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.
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.
Many people have helped me behind the scenes with my tack and travel logistics.
Their support has been invaluable.
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!
It’s been said that the last few weeks before any major takeoff is the hardest.
Right now I’m feeling happiness, excitement, impatience, anxiety, uncertainty and frustration.