My boyfriend and I decided to ride his new motorcycle to see Sturgill Simpson play in Tucson, Az. We rode around 1500 miles in the trip! Near the Salton Sea we went through a desert windstorm which turned into a whiteout for awhile. Battling the wind and sand the bike was at a 45 degree lean for hours. It was terrifying and exhausting with the semi trucks threatening to suck us under and then push us down once we blasted past. I finally had to decide to love the semi's and the wind. I couldn't keep up that amount of adrenaline for so long! So when a gust would feel like the wheels were going to slide from beneath us, I would laugh as loud as I could and pretend it was a rollercoaster ride. We started leaning our heads down and I felt like a rocketeer. I started asking the trucks to honk. The trip became an adventure and we really felt like we had accomplished something when we finished. The day after the ride I had the worst MS feelings I have had yet. My legs vibrated and shook until I couldn't stand and I couldn't bear to move even a toe because of the pins and needles feeling. But, I meditated. I breathed. I hydrated. And it passed. I think it was so good for me to experience that. I know that it will pass and I can complete my journey. We rode another 500 miles after that. Traveling at 90mph is exciting, but I really can't wait to travel 5mph with my horse. I can't wait to feel connected to the land, as opposed to racing over the top of it.
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What an inspiration! If Robyn Davidson can cross the desert of Australia in 1978 with 3 camels and a dog, then I can cross America with horses in 2016! I was planning my trip when a good friend showed me pictures of Robyn and my mouth dropped. What an epic journey. And she did it alone. I hope I can be as strong as she was. I'm about a year form departure and I'm getting the website up, taking riding lessons, and going to start looking at horses tomorrow! It seems so far away, it's not quite real yet, still just a dream. I wish I could leave tomorrow...