Dare to Dream

 

I know this poem has nothing on the surface to do with my Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek but it does. It dares you to dream. Children who are hungry don’t believe in dreams.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

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Books for research and information

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During this time I also kept researching camping gear and everything else I would need. I needed to keep the weight down in all areas. But somethings were absolutely necessary, like water and horse feed.
I’m also doing alot of researching on what the pioneers went through. Some of the books I’ve read are, the Wagon Travel hand book by David Grant, The Oregon Trail, a new American adventure, by Rinker Buck. Aimé Tschiffely who rode from Argentina to New York City,  on two horses. I’ve read the Free range rodeo blog by Sea Ryder who rode from CA to Maine. I bought The Prairie Traveler, a handbook for overland expeditions by Randolph B Marcy. The Last Saddle Tramp by Messanie Wilkins. To Proud To Ride a Cow by Bernie Harbert, http://www.riverearth.com. Why by Lou H Alwood and many more .
I’ve tried to read all I could about this type of trip. But two things all the people have said in these books is, first you will never be ready to do this type of trip so go before you are ready otherwise you will never go. And the second thing was that most people that you’ll meet on the road are friendly and will help you.

 

Do not be afraid—I am with you!
I am your God—let nothing terrify you!
I will make you strong and help you;
I will protect you and save you.
(Isaiah 41:10)

 

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I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will for ever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20)

Traveling by horse

As we travel slowly across America we plan on stopping and talking to local people and explaining why we are traveling the way we are. We will call ahead to see if the papers of the local communities would be willing to talk to us and do up an article.
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> As we ride we are hoping that the national news will start covering us. Raising the awareness to a national level.
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> Horses can only travel 15 to 25 miles a day for three to five days before they have to take a rest day. We will try to schedule these rest days in conjunction with interviews and other events. I’ll be starting this exciting Trek in July of 2018.
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> There is exciting times ahead and I hope you will join us in Raising Awareness for the Hungry Children of America
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Wagon researching and finding one

I started calling wagon makers and kept getting told that 1400 lb empty was about as light as I was going to be able to get. But that was not light enough I needed no more then 500 lb empty weight. So I decided to build one. I studied and talked to people about my ideas and kept getting told I couldn’t do it. Frustrating to say the least. My horses weigh in at 1100 approximately, so my wagon fully loaded shouldn’t out weigh them by much. So I kept thinking and researching.

Then I found David Grants book, The Wagon Travel handbook. David Grant drove around the world in seven years with a horse and wagon, with his wife and kids. In his book there was a picture of a light weight wagon that Jean Marston had built for a trip she was planning. That trip never was started but the name of the person she had worked with was there. So I contacted him and ask if he knew who now owned that wagon. He said yes and gave me her name and contact information. I contacted her she said she loved it and wasn’t interested in selling it. But it gave me an idea if what I needed. Please remember that this wagon isn’t the one I’ll be using it just gave me an idea of what I would like.Caravan, a, LS,

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By this time it was November 2015. So I again contacted Peter Von Halem who was the original builder. He informed me that yes he could build another one and gave an estimate of $9000. But I could tell he wasn’t enthused. So I kept looking for a builder that would work with me. Emailed every builder of wagons I could find. Sent pictures of Marston’s wagon and kept getting answers back that either we don’t build that type or yes we’ll build it but the price they asked was very high.

 

I just about gave up on using a wagon even though my dreams kept on insisting for me to use a Wagon. So I keep looking for one  and then I found a builder in Greer South Carolina who said he could.build  a wagon with harnesses  for me for around $6000 and that was with all the bells and whistles. I was excited but I just couldn’t seem to come up with the amount of money.img_20171208_190240 (1)

 

So again was I just about to give up and go with my original idea of horse and pack horse. Before I gave up though I asked for guidance and help because my dreams were of me with a wagon. That was when I found Facebook Market. There it was  The Wagon it will need some modifications and my friends Debora and Terry said they would be able to help with that actually they will do most of it. So I have my wagon now it just needs to be modified. Below is the wagon before it is modified. The large seats will be removed, the box will be made higher and bigger and  hopefully I will be able to find smaller, lighter tires.FB_IMG_1512782718172

 

Distance and Control

All the stories I’ve read all say the same thing in the end. When you start out and you and your horses are fresh the urge to push and make miles will be there. But all agree that in the beginning try not to make that mistake. Do no more then 8 to 10 miles forFB_IMG_1512232915312

 

the first few weeks then move them up a little each week till you are doing anywhere from 15 to 20 miles a day. Don’t be pushy if you find a good place to camp at 10 miles take it. They also said that the urge to push hard will take you at the half way point because at that point you and your horses are fit and seem able to go on for ever. But again don’t push. Same as near the end if the Trek, at that point you start thinking that you’ve made it and you want to get to the end. That is when your horses are the most vulnerable because they are tired and are easily pushed to hard.
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Three legs to the Childhood Hunger American Trek.

Please remember that these routes are not set in stone. I’ll be going in the general direction but will go where I am sent and where  I am needed. Also it’s very important to remember while it say 24 days for the first leg. The map means 24 hours a day walking, not the 8 hours I’m planning.  The first leg will take about 15 weeks. Then I have to add in the time that will be spent resting the horses. Which will add an additional 4 weeks to the time.  I’ll leave Science Hill KY in July and reach Emerald Isle Nc in October then Jackson TN in December. And that is if I have no major problems. The health of my boys is very important to me as they come first.

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So first leg will be around 5 months.

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Second leg will be approximately 7 months

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Third leg will be approximately 9 months.

This is going to be a great trip. Please stay with me as I explain my plans. As time passes I’ll be putting updated information on my blog.  Alot of studying and preparing has gone into the planning of this Trek. Thank you for reading my Childhood Hunger American Trek.

 

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Meet the important members of my Mission

Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek

Meet the horses.

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> Renegade is a 15 year old American Paint Horse. He stands 16 hands and weighs in at 1100 pounds. He has a very grumpy attitude, he is always ‘saying’ if I must, do you really really mean for me to do this, really. He loves kids but is always suspicious when you come out to the field, he is always wondering if you are coming out to pet him or ride him if he decides that its riding, you might have to get the grain bucket to catch him. He will be my main riding horse but will also be pulling the wagon.176_1501801622046
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> Cochise is a 11 year old Mustang Quarter Horse cross. He is stands at 15’3 and weighs in at 1200 lbs. He is a sorrel with a darker mane and tail. He was raised by my best friend Debora Hines. Cochise is a very good trail horse and I’m looking forward to training him to pull a wagon. He learns fast and has a great personality. But he needs to know the his rider is in charge or he thinks he has to take control.wp-1489240681505.jpg

> Jessie is a 3 almost 4 year old American Quarter Horse. He stands 14’2 hands and weighs in at 900 pounds. He is a brown horse with a black mane and tail. He is my youngest horse and being young will spend most of his time walking along side the wagons. He will also alternative as a riding horse and driving horse but only for a little while each day as he is to young for a full day work.
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Donations for horse feed will be gratefully​ accepted.

All donations will go to my horses upkeep on the trek. Any monies left over will go to https://www.nokidhungry.org

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Hunger

FB_IMG_1440692202445.jpgThere are several different types of hunger. There is the hunger of the body, the hunger of the soul, the hunger of emotions, and the hunger of intellect. When children grow up hungry they do not develop correctly. My mission is to bring awareness of these type of hungers and the problems they cause when children are neglected and are hungry. Children that are hungry as a child become deficient adults and have a hard time becoming successful members of society.

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Logistics of Water

 

We are scheduled to begin our journey on July, 2018

My extensive preparations have been going on for over two years already, including training, fitness, mapping, logistical planning and more.  You can see what I’ve been doing to get ready and keep up to date with our progress and adventures right here on this blog.

 

There were several ideas on how to carry enough water. One was carry 5 gallon jerricans but I kept coming back to the fact that I would have to carry at least 6 and they would take up a lot of room. I had decided that 36 gallons of water would be my goal as horses drink between 10 to 15 gal. a day. Then I thought of barrels but again there was the problem of room, where would I put them. Finally I decided on two 18 gal. RV water tanks. I could put them under the seat of the wagon. The reason I decided on two was that way I could leave one empty when I knew that there would be water ahead plus it would cut down on water surge in the tank. The weight for water is 8 lb per gal so 36 gal is 288 lb. I’m going to leave it up to my friends and family “who are awesome” to build my wagon for me to figure out how to get water in and out.

 

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Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek

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Hi, I’m Angela, And this is my mission and my dream: Riding for Childhood Hunger Awareness. If you are interested in what Renegade, Cochise, Jessie and I are doing, please read on.
But what exactly are we doing, you’re no doubt wondering? I will be traveling alone with my horses and wagon. 8000+ miles, from the East coast to the West coast and back, on a continuous ride.
There are several different types of hunger. There is the hunger of the body, the hunger of the soul, the hunger of emotions, and the hunger of intellect. When children grow up hungry they do not develop correctly. My mission is to bring awareness of these type of hungers and the problems they cause when children are neglected and are hungry. Children that are hungry as a child become deficient adults and have a hard time becoming successful members of society.

I’ll be starting in July of 2018 and approximately ending in July 2020.

My mission is to bring awareness by stopping at Food Banks and talking to the media online and news papers, and if all goes well to the Television networks, local and national.

It will cost approximately $25 dollars a day for feed for 3 horses. It will cost me approximately $9125 for three horses for a year.
The cost for the full 2 years is $18250.
I would appreciate Donations or sponsorship funds.
This would not have to be given in one lump sum. It could be donated in increments of daily, weekly, bi monthly or monthly or annually. Any monies not used on the trek will be given to a charity of your​ choice to feed the hungry children. In return for your generous help. I will advertise your business or your name. I will hand out brochures and business cards. I will put your name of your business out on my wagon where it will be seen constantly. It would be a great help even if you only want to sponsor or donate for one of my horses or all my horses. Or even for just one day, one week, month,or year. One days cost is $8.50 for one horse or $25 for all three. One weeks cost is $59.50 for One horse or $175 for three. One months cost for all three is $775 or for just one is $258. If you are a private person donating you will receive a post card with the picture of whichever horse you donated for or a picture of all three if you’ve donated for all three. I will also send an email once a week to update you on your ‘horse’ and where we are at.

My Dream

I know some of you are wondering why. Why do this type of trip? Why the length? Well my desire to do this Trek was started when I was 11 and read about the Abernathy brothers. But even before that I was always looking and wondering what was over the next hill, beyond the next curve of the road. I was always exploring trails less traveled to find out where they went. I am a tractor trailer driver, a trucker. I’ve drove all 48 eight states and Canada. But all I’ve seen was the main roads, I’ve drove by national parks, through wilderness areas , by historical signs. Yet could never stop and actually see the places where history was made. I want to travel at a pace where I can take roads less traveled. Talk to people who I would never see if I was traveling at the modern pace in a car. I want to hear peoples stories of their lives and their ancestors. I want to inspire people to follow their dreams no matter how hard or crazy they seem. I want to bring awareness of Childhood Hunger in America and that one person can make a difference.

Thank you and hope to see you on the road.