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Wagon Travel

Since its formation, The Long Riders' Guild has been contacted by many people who have made some amazing journeys with horses and wagons.  Although they do not qualify to be Long Riders, they clearly have the same problems as we do - the daily need to find grazing and water for their horses, taking care not to cause saddle- or harness-sores, experiencing trouble with border-crossings, and  the necessity of shoeing their equine companions.  

In addition, wagon travel provides a safe environment for families with young children.

So, in order to support our travelling "cousins," we have listed below those wagon-travellers that we know about, complete with their websites.  We hope they will use The Long Riders' Guild website to contact each other. 

To follow the adventures of the Oregon California Trails Association Jeffery/Goodale Wagon Train 2008, please click here.

The Wagon Travel Handbook, by David Grant

The Long Riders' Guild is proud to present the finest book ever penned about modern wagon travel, a volume which embodies a wealth of hard-earned experience and lore gained by David Grant. He is the legendary Scottish wagon-master who journeyed around the world with his family in a horse-drawn wagon, thereby gaining entry into The Guinness Book of World Records.  Grant has filled The Wagon Travel Handbook with all the practical information a first time-wagon traveller will need before setting out, including sections on interior and exterior wagon design, choice of draught animals, veterinary requirements and frontier formalities. Also included are valuable personal accounts gleaned from other modern wagon masters interviewed for this book, including the young couple travelling from Pennsylvania to Patagonia and the family who has spent the last five years slowly discovering the beauties of Europe. Their collective problems, and inventive solutions, are presented in this amply illustrated volume, as is the remarkable story of the most famous wagon traveller of the 19th century.
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And please click here to read about an astonishing and thrilling new invention - a chariot!

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Sid and Jean Schmidt travelled across Australia, journeying from Quorn in South Australia to Camooweal in Queensland, a distance over 2000km, during the 1920s. They were inducted into the Outback Stockman and Heritage Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland.

John and Thea Verhoeckx are travelling from their home in the Netherlands towards Hungary.  Their website is www.slow-express-journey.com

Avadhuta Siromani Das and his wife Candrabhaga Devi Dasi, Hari Krishnas, travelled from Pennsylvania to Peru in their horse-drawn wagon! 

Lee Young - as well as qualifying as a Long Rider, Lee has travelled extensively across North America by mule-drawn wagon too.  Lee's website

Ron and Teresa Dakotah traveled from Idaho to Oklahoma, wintering on the trail. 

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David Grant - During the seven years 1990 to 1997, David and his family accomplished the first complete circumnavigation of the globe in a horse-drawn caravan. They  travelled through 15 countries on three Continents, crossed two oceans and three seas, home educating their three children on the way.  David is the author of  "The Seven Year Hitch" and "The Wagon Travel Handbook."  David's website is www.traceur.co.uk

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Hans Rasmussen and Birgitte Gyrd Møller - travelled 1300 kilometers with their two young children in 2001 through Poland, the Ukraine and Romania.  They  are now planning to travel from the Danish island of Zealand to Gibraltar in 2005.  In addition, Hans is an Associate Member of The Long Riders' Guild because he has made a couple of journeys in the saddle in South America.  Their website is www.karlsvognen.dk

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Dave McWethy - In 1993-94 Dave traveled on the roads in a wagon from New York to Montana pulled by three Fjords, covering just over 3,000 miles. He traveled through all weathers, including the coldest winter, and the driest summer, pulling a wagon that weighed 2850 pounds.  Dave's website is www.horseharness.com

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Mike Muir - In 2001 Mike led an international cast of drivers with disabilities who drove wheelchair-accessible carriages more than 3,000 miles from San Diego to Washington D.C.  Mike is also the President of Driving for the Disabled Inc.  Mike has since made a Thousand Mile Journey in the footsteps of his ancestor, the famed American naturalist John Muir, from Louisville, Kentucky to Florida.  After that, a three-year, 8,000 mile journey following Lewis and Clark from Florida, up the Mississippi to the Missouri river, on to British Columbia, then south along the Pacific to Old Mexico!  Mike's website is www.access-adventure.org.

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Manfred Schulze - on his five-year journey around the world, Manfred spent much of his time in the saddle, but in the early stages of his journey used a horse-drawn wagon in parts of Eastern Europe.  Manfred's website is www.weltumreiter.de

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A Dutch family is travelling around France in their wagon which is called Papillotte.  Andre Hemelrijk, Judith Houdijk and their daughters Saphire and Yentl-Rose, have been on the road since 2000 with their two Fjord horses Gea and Terra.  Their website is  www.roulotte-papillote.com

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Anatoly Shimansky - drove across the USA in the 1990s.  Anatoly does not have a website.

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David and Vikki Helmuth - drove their six-horse team of Belgians from Maine to California on a 16-month journey that took them 3,800 miles through eighteen States in the late 1990s.

For more than 200 years, from around 1740, horse-drawn boats were one of the main forms of transporting goods. However, the convenience of motor-powered boats has meant that a horsedrawn boat is a rare sight on most of our canals today.  The Horseboating Society of Britain exists to promote horseboating and to preserve the heritage and skills of this once common form of transport.  Please click on picture for more information or  visit their website.

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