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Our actual ride begins in April of 2017 but the real “ride” began several years ago when Vic reached out to his brother Steven and me. He told us of his plans to ride horses for five months on a 2,650 miles journey from Mexico to Canada. I’d know Vic since 1968 but had lost touch with him until his brother found me and put us in touch. First, I was glad to know my old friend was still alive and kicking. Second, I was intrigued by the idea of such an epic adventure. So we became a trio and decided to call ourselves “Long Riders,” not just because we were going to do a long ride but because our lives have been long rides, full of joy, sadness and challenge.
When we told our family and friends about our plans many asked, ”Are you crazy?!” Our answer, “Just crazy enough to attempt this challenge.” The second question we got was “What does riding horses have to do with hepatitis c?” That’s a bit more complicated. The short answer is : Vic made a promise. For the longer answer we have to look back to the darkest days of Vic’s struggle with hep C. Vic needed a goal so he pledged that when he was cured of hep c he was going to do this ride. At first the promise was simply motivation to get healthy. But when Vic was free of hep C it was time to make good on his promise. As we worked together to formulate plans for this epic adventure we soon realized this was going to be much more than a long horseback ride. In a sense the challenge of the ride mirrors the challenge of beating hep c. The ride is the centerpiece of a much larger effort involving many wonderful people in the hepatitis c and HIV communities, equestrians, caretakers, government officials, medical professionals and anyone who loves to get out into nature. We are using the excitement and challenge of the ride to focus peoples’ attention on the growing threat of hep c which now kills more Americans than HIV. Yes, we will reach the Canadian border but the real goal is to end the threat of hepatitis c. Both goals can be achieved.