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post #1 of 26 Old 03-20-2011, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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One long trip...

I have been planning a ride across the US to the 48 state capitals for many years and now am in my final stages. I am leaving Olympia, Washington on May 1, 2012. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to who I would contact in each state if I need to make arrangements with officials for riding through the states. I have taken into account the riders that have done this before me, and this trek will mark the 100th anniversary of the first horsemen to do such a ride. I am also thinking of donating any money that anyone donates to equine rescues and epilepsy research. I probably will be doing this alone, but any rider is welcome to join me on the trail. I will have a website up to track my route and provide a way to donate if you would like. Feel free to email me if you like. Also I will be starting a blog of my journey and provide a link to it so that you all can follow if you like. If anyone would like to provide a place to stay please contact me as well.

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post #2 of 26 Old 03-20-2011, 07:37 PM
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that's Awesome what you want to do! Sorry I can be of no help as I don't live in the states, but I will definitley follow your blog!

People have done this accross Canada, and there si veen a movie about it called "Chasing Canada!"
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post #3 of 26 Old 03-20-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the support.
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post #4 of 26 Old 03-20-2011, 08:06 PM
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that's fantastic! We had someone camp out up at our next door neighbors who was doing the same basic thing. I thought it was so interesting, and I would never have the guts to do it.
Good luck on your trip! I hope you have fun!
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post #5 of 26 Old 03-21-2011, 02:40 AM
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Many years ago, like 35? Years ago I met a man who was riding from Mexico to Alaska. He had one horse under saddle and ponying one. We were camping and invited him to sup with us. But he had to care for his ponies. I was insanely jealous and feel something like that now for you. Please send regular updates.
I know no one to help with your request. I would ride with you if I had the freedom.
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post #6 of 26 Old 03-21-2011, 01:04 PM
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Please post a link to your progress and blog. If you come through upstate NY, post where you will be riding through and the dates as you get close and we will stop to offer encouragement and a refreshment.

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post #7 of 26 Old 03-22-2011, 01:01 PM
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oh how I envy you!!! Please post a link to your blog. One thing that I really want to know is the "little" stuff. When you blog please include how you pick you campsite each night.. how do you cross a bridge over a big river, how do you just ride thru lots of traffic, what happens when there is hardly no shoulder to ride on. How have you conditioned your horse for honking horns, etc...
I have often thought of doing something like this but some of the above questions stump me. I will follow your blog faithfully.

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post #8 of 26 Old 03-22-2011, 01:57 PM
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Check out the Long Rider's Guild (The Long Riders' Guild) and maybe the Backcountry Horseman's Association (HOME). Good luck and I sure am jealous.
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post #9 of 26 Old 03-23-2011, 10:00 PM
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WOW I thought my trip of 180 to 200 miles was long. How long do you think it will take you? You are talking better then 10,000 miles. That is going to have to be some horse or horses. I'd love to have the time for something like that.

I made a trip around the country in 1970 on my motorcycle, 30 days. I went across the north then down the pacific coast then across the south and back home to Maryland.
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post #10 of 26 Old 03-23-2011, 11:13 PM
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Wow, best of luck and please post a link to your blog, I really want to keep up with your progress, what part(s) of California do you plan on passing through?

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