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Lady and horse walk across the country | Preston Citizen

Lady and horse walk across the country

September 22, 2012
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

Kathleen Dodds, 44, began her second journey on June 25, walking and riding a horse from the Oregon coast some 3,000 miles across the United States to Liberty Island, New Jersey. Just her, a single lady and her horse. She stopped in Preston Aug. 29-31.

Kathleen Dodds leaves Preston on Oct. 31 after spending a couple of days camped at the Franklin County fairgrounds.

Last time, two years ago, the Hanna, Ore., native had two horses, one she rode the other she used to pack stuff on. This time around she has one horse, Strip, a white Arabian horse, perfect for this kind of trip. According to her blog, “You might think this is crazy but,” Kathleen has a love hate relationship with her horse. Dodds tries to walk 15 miles a day and rides five. Strip is a little green and has never been on a trip like this. She plans to follow the Pony Express route after staying a spell in Montpelier.

Her cross-country home is a little $20 nylon one-person tent, an air mattress and a sleeping bag. No cook stoves pots or pans, too heavy. Dodds does carry a couple of water bottles and some food in an insulated plastic storage container. She sets up camp 70 percent of the time in fairgrounds, state parks and 30 percent as a guest in people’s homes along the way.

This story is sponsored by FCMC Growing Expectations.

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