This move wasn’t about a journey, a trek or an expedition. It was about survival, setting roots and reclaiming meaning.
The decision had been made months before, that I was going to move from San Juan del Río, most likely in July, to the Sierra Gorda. But COVID-19 changed the timeline and process.
Today I share a story about my old Wesco Highliner boots, the resole job done in San Juan del Rio, MX, as well as an interview and profile of the man who did the fine work, Ponce Moreno Cayetano.
It’s obvious we are are in great upheaval. But upheaval brings and forces change!
A new future lies in front of us. I feel this future is a different one, in the sense that we can really, really shape the outcome by our actions today.
It’s March 22, 2020. The world has been hit by a virus pandemic – COVID-19; at the same time, oil prices are at the lowest in 18 years, AND a global recession is possibly just beginning…WHAT NEXT???
Today I’m going to talk about Roxy and her health 2 and a half years after setting off from Canada. I gave Roxy a nickname back then, in the years before I left for Guatemala:
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As the year nears the end, and the weather is cool or downright cold, it’s the time for taking stock of what passed while setting sights on the year ahead. 2019 was pretty great for Roxy and I. After we managed to make it out of Guatemala, we began our second long ride and forged forward thru the majestic Mexican mountains and valleys, land of horse lovers and living legends.
I’m putting the 4 weeks of Month 6 together because they are the final four weeks of our second solo journey. 4 weeks spent resting Roxy and getting set up with an English teaching job.
September 4, 2017 | Rockingham, Canada. Chris MacLuckie and purebred Morgan mare OTR She Roxs, b.2008.
This was the first day of my first journey by horse. But it was 3 years after dedicating myself completely to learning what I needed to endure a year long ride.
Here are my 5 takeaways from Month 5:
>Mexican Horse culture
>Cities and Towns
The horse culture in Mexico is pretty substantial. As I reached the Mexican altiplano…
Welcome to UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Equine Reproduction Facility, located in Santillan, Queretaro, México. Remember the 2 equine reproduction vets that discovered that my mare Roxy was NOT pregnant, in WEEK 21?
“But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint”. Edmund Burke.
WEEK 22 | Mexico a Caballo.
“All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.” Christopher Morley.
WEEK 21 | Mexico a Caballo. Colón, Queretaro, to El Milagro, Queretaro | 4 days riding, 80 kms.
Javier Perez Rocha is the owner of Rancho Santa Marina, an organic sheep cheese farm, located just west of Atongo, Queretaro. When Javier was a boy his father bought the farm and since 1983 it had seen many iterations: cattle, hay, asparagus, mixed vegetables. Now, since 2009, it produces organic sheep cheese.
“Sometimes our power resides not in what we do, but in what we don’t do.” Paulo Coelho
WEEK 20 | Mexico a Caballo. Huichapan, Hidalgo to Colón, Queretaro | 3 days riding, 65 kms.
“We can move water easily with plastic pipes. We can move shade around with nursery cloth like a tinker toy for animals and plants. Yet we have developed this necessity to grow food with chemical fertiliser because we have forgotten the magic of manure.”
“Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith.” Garth Brooks. Week 18 was a 5 day push retracing last year’s route from Apizaco to Pachuca.
Ivan Chavez is a horse lover as well a materials specialist. He lives in Mexico City.
Ivan is a man of knowledge and skill and he was a great help to our long ride. Thank you Ivan.
Above is an audio file of my interview with him. You can download the file and share it with your friends!