“Man & Horse,” by John Egenes

Check out “Man & Horse,” a fascinating memoir about a ride across the country.

Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America, by John Egenes
291 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 71 reviews

“I really enjoy reading about personal challenges and this was no exception. “Man & Horse” was well written, thought provoking and provided a snapshot of our culture of that day. By the time I was done with the book I realized how crazy this idea was… to travel across the country with just your horse and whatever the two of you could carry. And I loved reading about it.” — Amazon Reviewer

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that’s as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse’s ears.

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Meet the Author

John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, and a hobo, among other things. He only learns by making mistakes and he views his life through a windshield full of squashed bugs. He makes his home in New Zealand.

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