West Virginia sunrise. Photo by Amy VanHorn.
Sleep is for the weak. Apollo and I ride all day and all night.
Just kidding. After riding for ten or fifteen miles each day, Apollo and I both need somewhere safe (and hopefully comfortable too) where we can rest at night. Every night. For all three years and 8,200 miles we’ve traveled so far. We’ve stayed with a lot of strangers, and in some pretty strange places. This week’s guest Amy talks about (the not so strange time) when we stayed with her in West Virginia, and about why you should put French fries on your salad.
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What to Listen For:
00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:07 The minimum requirements for overnight: a fence, grass (or hay), and water
02:19 The kinds of places we stay (spoiler: it’s not always horse property!)
03:47 Strange but true problems from places we’ve stayed
06:09 Why I don’t camp or “just stop” on the side of the road
07:28 How I find places to stay
09:21 That awkward moment when a horse and rider ring your doorbell
10:53 What happens when I can’t find somewhere to stay?
11:44 The difficult lesson of learning to trust
13:30 How does Apollo the adventure horse feel about this?
15:46 The key elements to finding safe stops for 8,200 miles (so far…)
16:25 Guest Amy VanHorn
28:06 Closing statements
28:46 End of episode
About our Guest: Amy VanHorn
We (Meredith and Apollo) stayed with Amy and her family when we rode through West Virginia in July 2019. Due to a dangerous heat wave, we were forced to take shelter there for a week. Amy was a wonderful host, and kindly agreed to share on Have Horse Will Travel what it was like to have us as guests.
From left to right, Amy, Meredith, Eden, and Thomas
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