Monday, October 08, 2007
  HELLO FROM HOME
WE ARE STILL HEARING FROM SOME FOLKS AND WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THE SITE REMAINS OPEN AND ACTIVE.PEOPLE HERE AT HOME TELL US ALL OF THE TIME THAT THEY FOLLOWED US AND MISS OUR STORIES.WE HAVE HEARD FROM SOME PEOPLE EVEN AFTER WE RETURNED HOME AND ANSWER THEM AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.PLEASE...IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT,FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US.
MARLA MCKINNEY
CAROLINA TREKKERS


Tuesday, September 04, 2007
  Calming Down
Hello everyone.Things here are beginning to settle down and we sure are glad.We are still hearing from folks with lots of questions and are trying to get back to you as soon as we can.It seemed to be a lot easier when we spent sooo much time in the camper!!!
Love,
Marla


Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  HELLO FROM HOME
We have made it home safely and are trying to step back into our lives.Surprising to me just how difficult it has been for the three of us.Of course our families are delighted and so are we.I think I can safely say we are overwhelmed.So much to take care of.No matter how much help you have taking care of things while you are gone,no one is quite as good at running your life as you are!!LOL.There have been many,many things to take care of for all of us but I think we are starting to regain some control.Whiskey and Jericho are doing great ,resting and all but I can't help but think they are a little bored.
Thank you all for the support you have given us in so many ways.We couldn't have made it as far as we did with out the love and encouragement from you.
I'd like you all to know that the web site will remain active to allow for comments and to see the signs of stroke.As any new readers may join us,we hope that you will find our blogs good reading and helpful,maybe even a little inspiring.
Love to all,please stay in touch,

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Saturday, August 04, 2007
  Going Home
When we began this ride, we were very optimistic and went into it with one hundred percent commitment and rosy eyed anticipation. We knew there were going to be some challenges with Edie having to continue to work with the businesses that she owns and co-owns. We knew we could stay away from home for six or seven months. We have now been gone for six months.

Here is what we have accomplished:

Four million people were educated about stroke awareness and the value of early detection of strokes through radio interviews, newspaper interviews, and personal contact.

Innumerable others were educated through our website and my weekly newspaper articles.

We managed to reach our personal goal of becoming two, out of less than three hundred, Long Riders, world wide.

Edie and I, two ladies in our fifties, successfully crossed the Mojave Desert on horseback, despite sand storms, earth quake cracks, horrendously deep drifting sand and many unforeseen dangers we could not possibly have anticipated.

We successfully crossed the treacherous mountains of Arizona and observed the world from the very crest of those mountains.

We rode the entire Mogollon Rim and came off it safely, in the pitch black of night.

We crossed the prairies of New Mexico and Texas and we did it all with no harm to ourselves or our horses.

In our spare time, we also set some world records:

We are the first Long Riders to be working a business while doing our ride.

We initiated and set up the first international internet network for the Long Riders who are currently doing expeditions on the North American Continent.

In the near future, we will be working with the Long Riders Guild and the Royal Geographic Society in London, England, to put together the first global topographical internet mapping system that will allow future Long Riders to pull up the trail ahead and see, in 3-d, what obstacles are ahead of them.

The third member of our party, our crew person, Marla McKinney, made it all possible by providing a phenomenal support system for us, no matter what circumstances came up. She took care of us, encouraged us and was the glue that held us together under extremely difficult circumstances.

We had hopes that contributions would be sufficient to finance the ride and thanks to many generous people, some funding was there for us. These generous donations helped make it possible for us to reach as many people as we did. The level of financial support was simply not sufficient to meet the expenses of this journey. Even with contributions, we have self funded over twenty three thousand dollars to continue this far. In addition to lack of funding, we had many time delays that were unavoidable. Scheduling interviews, negotiating extremely difficult terrain and trying to schedule shoeing and other necessary care for the horses contributed to those delays. (The horses were wearing out extra thick shoes every eight to ten riding days!)
During the six months we have been gone, Edie’s business partner, her mother and other valuable employees have done a fantastic job of taking care of things in her absence, but it is time for her to resume her responsibilities on the home front.
We have traveled from Abbeville, South Carolina to California, from California back across the southwest, and finally, to Magnolia, Arkansas, where we made the collective decision that we had done all we could do for our cause. The contributions have stopped coming in and we all need to step back into our lives. The Carolina Trekkers are coming home.
We have many successes behind us… we made a huge difference in the lives of many people we met. We spread awareness of strokes and the value of early detection of strokes for over six thousand miles on our round trip journey. We are proud of what we have accomplished. If only one person’s quality of life is better because of the time and effort we spent out here… it was all worth it.
Thanks for the tremendous amount of support we received from everyone at home, other friends and family, and people we met along the way. You have been the wind beneath our wings. We could not have done any of it without you. I pray that the wind will stay at your back, the sun will always shine in your lives and there will be a big shade tree every where you need one… God bless you all.
Love,
Andi Mills, Edie New, Marla McKinney, Amos, Jericho, Whiskey, Tonto … The Carolina Trekkers

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