Howard Wooldridge, F.R.G.S., is riding Misty across the United States - again!
Howard Wooldridge is riding from Los Angeles to New York, having already traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Misty doesn't know it yet, but Howard is taking her on another trip across the whole of the United States.
She has already carried him from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Now Howard has left Los Angeles and is riding to New York! This will be a truly historic journey, as nobody that we know of has ever ridden across the United States in both directions!
Their route will take them some 3,700 miles. The first 1,800 miles will be the toughest as the terrain will offer very little grass for Misty.
23rd May 2005
Howard and Misty have arrived in Colorado Springs just in time for Howard to celebrate his birthday! All is going well, and he hopes to be in New York in October.
12th July 2005
Howard has sent a short message to The Guild:
29th July 2005
|Howard has reached Madison, Wisconsin, and has sent us a photograph of his second horse, named Sam Bass. Please click on photograph to enlarge.|
18th August 2005
The Guild has just received an email from Howard and his two horses. Misty, who has already walked across from the Atlantic to the Pacific, has the first word:
I am enjoying the days off in a real stall on this ranch near Lansing, MI. Not being ridden or used since I carried Howard over the Missouri River at Omaha has been hard on my head. I want Howard to ride me but I know my tendonitis prevents it. It is frustrating!! Sam has been a real trooper to do the miles for both of us. He is not happy to be on the road but I have assured him there is an end to the North American continent. Howard had my shoes removed yesterday + my hooves were trimmed. He said I will be walked a few miles every day (in boots) and when we enter Ohio (wherever that is??!!), he hopes to ride me a few miles a day.
Has anyone called my mother to get this maniac off my back?? Are all the phones in America out of order??!! Has PETA gone out of business? I have resigned myself to this voyage across America and no longer fight Howard every step, every day. Talking to horses in barns across the Midwest, I am told by other equines to consider my experience as positive. Most of the horses I have met are bored to tears because they never go anywhere. Maybe, but I keep hoping New York City is just over the horizon. Howard praised me a lot as we spent 3 days going thru Chicago. He said that since I had traveled over 1000 miles, I had become a Long Rider Horse. Does that mean I get extra feed? A discount on my next set of shoes? What?
It has been a wonderful, relaxing 7 days at this log home of my dear friends near Lansing, MI. It has been such a struggle, mentally and physically, to arrive in one piece here. Media coverage has been great as Team Howard has kept the press releases going and calls are made. ABC TV put us on in Chicago and CBS TV put us on in Lansing. Combined media coverage has put the message out now to over 2,000,000 Americans. The response from people along the route continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Nobody wants to build more prisons. Many thanks for all your prayers and positive thoughts which have helped me keep my spirit positive and my body together. As we saddle up tomorrow for the final 900 miles, my heart is telling me that indeed this effort will bring the end of drug prohibition one week sooner than otherwise, saving some 700 people worldwide.
5th September 2005
Howard has just telephoned The Guild. His Long Ride is drawing a lot of attention in the media - he's been interviewed many times on television and radio, and reporters are writing stories in the newspapers about Howard's mission. As a result, "some seven or eight million people have now read or heard about my journey!" he told us.
17th September 2005
On Thursday afternoon, 15th September, Howard arrived in Syracuse, and will stop there over the weekend making appearances, giving interviews, and even riding in a parade. He expects to be back on the road on Monday.
Howard, Misty and Sam have made it to New York! Both horses have sent us their thoughts on the final days of this Long Ride:
|Howard tries to calm
Misty in Central Park. Click to enlarge.
Photo: Ting-Li Wang/The New York Times
Now Sam Bass:
Congratulations to Howard, Misty and Sam on safely completing this Long Ride.
If you would like to read more about Howard's journey, please click here: http://leap.cc/howard/index.html
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