“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot
Why do we ride? As you explore our website you will learn about the goals of our ride: raising awareness about hep c, fighting the stigma around hep c, getting people tested and then treated. Goals are noble and worthy but the reasons why we ride go further. We agree with T.S. Eliot; we are willing to take the risks of this epic ride to see just how far we can go in our journey towards a world without hep c.
When we tell people about Long Riders we typically get one of two reactions. As we describe our plans to ride for five months along the Pacific Crest Trail, people often blurt out “I wanna go too!” Remember when you read about Huckleberry Finn rafting down the Mississippi? You wanted to join Huck on that journey. We are just as excited about this huge challenge. The big difference between us and Huck: we aren’t running away, we are riding towards a goal.
The other reaction we get is “What does riding 2,650 on horseback have to do with hepatitis c?” The simple answer:
we want our ride to capture your attention and inspire you. Throughout history people have gone on pilgrimages and vision quests. We see Long Riders as a journey that will most certainly change us. We hope it will change you as well.
When Vic Ferrari was in the darkest hours of his battle with hep c he made a promise: if he survived he would ride horseback from Mexico to Canada. At that moment the ride was simply Vic’s motivation to beat hep c. When tests showed Vic had been cured, we realized that Vic’s simple promise was going to grow into an ambitious mission: To create a social media program that will document the challenges of a hepatitis C survivor's equestrian ride of the entire 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in order to educate, inspire and empower those who are suffering from Hepatitis C to get tested, treated and cured.