Indeed, it has been a long time since I’ve done much computer work! I still find it ironic that on a ride across America, I have learned more about computers, the internet, website design, blogging, etc. than I ever knew before we started! It has been a wonderful brain break to avoid the computer for several weeks. I’m sure many of you who work on a computer can empathize with that.
That being said, I am currently in the process of writing some blogs. They will not be ready to post until at least next week, but I am getting back at it! Richard and I have resurfaced into the local community. We have begun sharing our story with locals, pastors, and media. It brings me joy to share our story with an enthusiastic smile once again. Rest has done us alot of good. We will not start the gps tracker until we begin moving, but know that we are in good hands in McQuady, Kentucky. Our hosts, the Bashams, will be taking us back to where we left off when we are ready.
As for the horses, – oh that you could see them now! They are running and playing in the field as I write. It is so good to see their energy level back up enough to kick up their heels. They have gained alot of weight and the fat layer that is on most horses backs has begun to return. This means their saddles will fit better once again. We have spent many hours researching gear, saddle options, and other ideas to prevent further problems. We have been generously helped by Long Rider’s Guild members who have given us valuable advice, as well as other trusted advisers in the horse community. (More on that later.) We are hopeful that the changes we have made will make a difference in the last 700-800 miles to the Atlantic.
So what’s the hold-up? Satchmo. Yup, he still is not completely healed. It only took one day to create a deep saddle sore that has taken many weeks to heal. Normally, this would have been healed in just a couple weeks, but the horses bodies were in need of rest just like ours, and everything has taken longer to recuperate. He only has a nickel size spot that is still raw and we are just waiting for it to heal. Unfortunately, it has been like this for two weeks and has not changed much. We have been doing everything we can think of and more, so please pray for this if you feel led. It would be nice to get back on the road at least by the end of July! We never expected to be stopped even this long!
In the meantime, we are sifting through our gear and eliminating any weight we possibly can, starting to plan for a publicity event in Lexington, and getting the horses minds back in gear with some gentle exercises. Additionally, Ronnie and Talli, our super wonderful hosts, are making sure we fit in some fun as well! Tomorrow’s plan- experiencing the southern culture with a Bluegrass festival!
Once again, Richard and I would like to thank all of you for faithfully continuing to check in on us, praying for our recovery, and sharing you concerns and encouragement. We have been overwhelmingly blessed.