Friday, October 29, 2010

Collinsville, Texas and in the News

Hi All,

We are all delayed for a few weeks as Baby has a rope burn that has made her "limpy".  We are not worried though as plans take shape for resuming our ride.  All 4 of us are safe and sound...and will keep you posted as to what is going on in the meantime with her healing.

Meanwhile I have a few more days of blogging to catch up on that is forthcoming.  And we are happy to say that we were given great press in Gainesville, TX just the other day.  Here is the Links to the News Article and pictures.  For those who have trouble loading is the text of the article below them

Couple hits the trail to help raise awareness of disease

Cooke County — Two riders are in town after hitting the road on horseback for their 1,200-mile “Buffaloo Moon Ranch Legacy Ride for Cancer.”

Megan Carter and Mark Dube started their ride Oct. 10 from her Buffalo Moon Ranch in Faxon, Okla. and roughly estimate they will reach their destination of Largo, Fla. around Valentines Day.

Part of their purpose for the ride is to hear life stories about how cancer has affected people’s lives and they are meeting up with people along the trail. In their own words they are “traveling America by horse to bring hope to families who have been touched by cancer.”

Their Cancer Memorial and Legacy Wall on their website includes the names of people they have met and heard about on their legacy ride.

Their travel style is similar to that of Anthony Bordain, whose “No Reservations” on the Travel Channel documents his travels as he takes things as they come each day. Their smart phone which includes the internet and Google maps, is a great trail tool and is helping them to navigate even bridges, interstates and eventually the Mississippi River.

Their travels are recorded on their website at through video and text blogs and a link to their Facebook site. They invite comments and communication as they ride the road.

Prior to hitting Gainesville, they came through Nocona and Muenster on their “trusty steedetes” Baby and Fancy.

“It’s all about them too. We take impeccable care of them,” Carter noted of their horses. “We don’t go very far. Today we only went six miles. Yesterday we went 11. We typically ride three days on and take one day off. It’s very easy on them. We have all the correct, lightweight gear.”

Hosts often help the riders by taking their gear to the next place of rest.

“We have ridden just one day with gear out of the last four, making the miles so easy on our horses,” Carter notes. “A big thank you for all our hosts to make this happen.”

Dube said that although they are “riding as a charity,” Buffalo Moon Ranch is not a non-profit organization.

“Those who want to donate money to help search for a cure for cancer should donate to a cancer charity of choice,” he noted.

They do welcome the help of hosts and sponsors as they venture the trail. They are hoping that suppliers and manufacturers of horse feed and other horse supplies will help them care for their horses and sponsor them.

One way to participate in finding the cure for cancer and bringing hope can be to help the riders and horses out with food and shelter and they continue on the legacy ride. Their next stops are along the Whitesboro, Sherman, Tom Bean and Dorchester trail, so if locals know of a place they can camp out or shelter with someone for the night, Carter and Dube can be contacted easily through their website.

Another way to participate in the legacy race is to join in the ride with your own horse. The rules are participation at a minimum of one day and a maximum of five days unless prior arrangements are made.

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