Another windy day for the cowboys who tried to ride as far into the ditch as possible to avoid the gusts. The silver lining to this windy, cloudy day is the warm greeting we received at the Innisfree Recreation Park. The folks who were running the campsite, Mr. and Mrs. Weder , had heard about the ride from the local news the night before and offered the local corral/ ball diamond for us to rest the horses and a site for us to set up camp. The real love comes from the fact that they allowed the cowboys to have a shower. I will never forget Mr. and Mrs. Weder, and the gratitude sure is felt throughout the bus.
On May 9th, 2012 two cowboys and three horses set out from HWY 16 East in Edmonton, Alberta on a journey to Halifax, Nova Scotia. They will follow the Trans-Canada highway from the Prairies to the Atlantic in order to raise awareness for abused and exploited children.
Alick Brooke, 60, and Guy Bourassa, 46, have known each other for 20 years and have been around horses for over 15 years. Their journey will span over 4,000kms and will take them approximately 16 weeks. They understand that this is a long journey for their horses and intend to let Chip, Cheyenne, and Zeus (their horses) dictate how far they ride each day, taking care to ensure proper exercise for the reprieve horse and plenty of rest for their main soldiers.
Guy Bourassa has been a foster father to 35 children, and reminds us in Edmonton Sun’s report on May 3rd, 2012 that