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        01-20-2010, 03:23 PM
      #21
    Kay
    Foal
    In Michigan we have a group called The Michigan Trail Riders. We ride from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan with several camps and marked trails. It is an organized ride approx. 240 miles total. It's a blast, we take our rigs and move them each morning to the next camp, while leaving our horse n saddle back at the previous camp. Our blue bus picks up the rig drivers to bring them all back to previous camp. Then we saddle up and ride. It takes 10 days riding each day or a 2 wk ride with a couple of off days.
    So you can even go under I-75 main interstate hwy. So if you go this way the trail is ready until you reach the water.
    Don't give up on your dreams, sometimes that all we have.

    Happy Trails
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        01-20-2010, 03:28 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Red face

    I'll join ya! Your not crazy!
         
        01-21-2010, 08:33 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Hehe, I'm starting to think that we should actually set something up. I'm free this summer, anyone?
         
        01-22-2010, 07:53 AM
      #24
    Foal
    I'm not in on this one, but have some advise. I've gone cross country on a motorcycle before and have dealt with a few of the problems you will be having. For one I didn't have enough money to get hotels so I brought my tent. I hooked up with people I met on a motorcycle forum and whenever possible I crashed on their couch, washed a few clothes, thanked them and left. I'm sure people here would help you with that, it seems like a good group of people here. You will need at the very least to have contact info with horse people the whole way in case you or your horse needs medical attention. I can't remember the site but there's a GPS designed for hikers that you push a button and it calls 911 for you.

    Also, you and your horse need to be conditioned for the trip. The way I conditioned myself for a motorcycle trip would be similer to what you will need to do. I packed the bike like I would be gone for a month, then rode to the lake about 2 hours away and camped. I brought a notebook and wrote what I brought and didn't use, brought and used, and what I wish I would have brought. Also logged how the load sat on the bike as far as weight and bulkyness. The next few trips varied from 2 days to 5 days out, logging the same way. I purposely rode in all types of weather to make sure I was bringing the right clothing for it. By the time I actually left there were no suprises and I brought just what I needed. I used a sport bike BTW, I didn't have any more storage than you will. The hardest thing I had was keeping the maintence up on the bike, much like you will have to keep up on your horse.

    Sorry for the book, hope this helps though. If you make it through Ohio I have a 5 bedroom house and room for at least 5 or 6 more horses, you're welcome to it.
         
        01-22-2010, 02:03 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    I love camping and horses so that sounds like a wonderful vacation to me!
         
        01-28-2010, 09:30 PM
      #26
    Foal
    You can count me in! I've always wanted to try something like this. I think if we all pitch in with our resources and together plot out the way we could make this happen! We may even set a record for the most horse crazy people riding together across the country.
         
        01-28-2010, 09:50 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    But I have to ask: What does the new wife think of this idea? Would she be joining you? My husband has similar plans with a sailboat when we retire (in like 40 years LOL), but I could probably talk him into a coast to coast horsie trip someday instead.

    If you go through Kentucky we would join you as well. See how many partners in crime you have already? Definitely not crazy.
         
        01-29-2010, 09:31 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    This has ALWAYS been a dream of mine, not particularly going coast to coast, but go for a few weeks in one direction. I would love to "ride" the Applachian trial but most of it is closed to horses. There is a trail going from Alabama thru Georgia that is a hundred miles or more called the "Pinhoti". Maybe us SouthEastern folks could get together and do something like that???
    If you are in N. Georgia, I have extra bedrooms and stalls.

    Rhonda
         
        01-29-2010, 09:21 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
    This has ALWAYS been a dream of mine, not particularly going coast to coast, but go for a few weeks in one direction. I would love to "ride" the Applachian trial but most of it is closed to horses. There is a trail going from Alabama thru Georgia that is a hundred miles or more called the "Pinhoti". Maybe us SouthEastern folks could get together and do something like that???
    If you are in N. Georgia, I have extra bedrooms and stalls.

    Rhonda
    You make me wish I didn't have kids! That 100 mile trail sounds awwwwesome.
         
        01-29-2010, 11:26 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Well, I'm in northern Il. On the border with wisconsin, so if any one wants to do something like this for real maybe sometime soon, I'm in. I think it would be an experience of a lifetime. I wonder how long it would take to make it from illinois to california....? *goes off calculating*
    I think that if anyone of us actually did start this they would be joined quickly, but untill someone does, it will only be a nice fantasy. So someone should start this thing. I don't want to go alone. I have no sense of direction...
         

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