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Chiapas and the Guatemalan border

As we went upwards out of the coastal lowlands we found cooler weather. The countryside was nice but it was still rather scarce horse wise. I had a fun few days out of the heat.       We made it to Tuxtla where we planned to rest up for a week while waiting for new...

2nd half of Puebla and Oaxaca

We rode south from Tecamachalco, halfway down Puebla, saying goodbye to my friends from that town. The terrain was flat and the roads wide, until Tehuacan. Afterwards, the high plains ended, and the narrow canyons began as I entered Oaxaca. The north part of Oaxaca to...

Preparing to Enter Guatemala

We are getting close to the Guatemalan border!!! I've been really loving Mexico. It's a wonderful, friendly country full of great people, scenery and food. But I'm also excited to cross into the country I called home for a while, all those years ago. It will be a...

Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, and 1/2 of Puebla

I'm writing this post while in the middle of Puebla. I'm surrounded by 3 volcanoes and all around me is the vast agricultural altiplano. I made it here today since arriving into Hidalgo a few weeks ago. The day I entered Hidalgo, I stayed at the famous hot springs of...

Mile 3300 / 275 days on the road

(Cover photo courtesy of Jacinta Maria Peregrovas) I wrote this post while taking some days off at Rancho el Rosal just outside of Pachuca, Hidalgo. 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...

Orthoflex saddle panel modifications

I started using the old Orthoflex Traditional at mile 970 of my trip. As I mentioned in a previous post about using memory foam as a saddle pad, I was getting some chafing in the rear loin area at about 700 miles into the new saddle. In Louisiana, at mile 900 with the...

San Luis Potosi and Queretaro

Once I crossed from Doctor Arroyo towards Matehuala I was now in San Luis Potosi. I travelled thru this state for 2 weeks before entering Queretaro. I travelled in Queretaro for another 2 weeks before entering Hidalgo at El Geiser. We rode 340 miles in in 25 days. 18...

Caring for my horse on a 5000 mile journey

This post is for the people who have no clue how I'm caring for Roxy. Those who assume I'm overusing her or abusing her. It's also for the curious and interested. 3 years ago, I bought Roxy specifically for this trip. I wanted a fast walker that was tough. She was...

Getting sick on the road

As of mile 3000, I've gotten sick 4 different times on this solo horse ride from Canada to Guatemala. 1 Early October New York Cold 2 days 2 Early December Kentucky Flu 2 days 3 Mid January Mississippi Allergies 2 days 4 Early May San Luis Potosi Heat stroke/ food...

Galeana horse parade and a few others too

I was invited to come back to Galeana so I could participate in their community horse ride parade (Calbagata), part of their 340th birthday celebration. I had ridden to a little town called La Escondida in the four days since I first left Galeana. I had been staying...

First few weeks in Mexico.

I left the Charros of Monterrey on Friday the 13th. I was to ride to Cadereyta, about 20 miles away. I had been staying at the Charreria Guajuco Traconsa for a few days since I had crossed the border. I had had an accident at the border where a horse kicked me in my...

Crossing into Mexico

Here's my story about crossing into Mexico. To begin, here's a list of the players that were on our team, to help us get across, easily and inexpensively. Dr Theresa Taraska USDA port vet, Alexandria Bay Dr Sarah Ortiz USDA APHIS vet Fernando Paiz Endurance rider,...

Arkansas, Louisiana and East Texas

Near the end of January, we started into Arkansas from Mississippi. After crossing the mighty Mississippi via the Greenville Bridge, we went west for a bit. Then we went south to back along the river and took a day off with Laura and her family. They grew bananas in a...

Memory foam as a saddle pad

Here's my findings on using a single layer of memory foam under an orthoflex saddle with booties. I am currently 2500 miles into a 5000 mile solo unassisted horse ride. At the 1000 mile mark I switched from using my big horn endurance saddle with thin wool blanket and...

200 days – 2450 miles.

Rockingham, Ontario to Boerne, Texas. Here are Roxy's hooves after 200 days. Going barefoot is possible. Here's a couple pics from the last couple of days...Notice the weight gain as the weather is warming up and our Mad Barn supplements are kicking...