Planes, trains and automobiles have certainly made traveling easier and more convenient for most people, but some dedicated riders scorn those modern conveniences. They call themselves the Long Riders, and they traverse thousands of miles on the back of one of humanity’s oldest forms of transport: the horse.
The Long Riders’ Guild is a loosely organized, invitation-only group founded by CuChullaine O’Reilly, a dedicated rider who has ridden his trusty steed across Central Asia. The Guild is invitation-only, and members must have gone on at least one trip on horseback over 1,000 miles. That seems like a lot, but many Guild members have actually traveled much further than that. Filipe Leite, for example, earned his spot in the Guild when he rode from the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada all the way down to Brazil.
Although the exploits of the Long Riders may be a little hardcore for most travelers, the Guild’s dedication to traveling slowly so they can absorb their surroundings is admirable. Even if you can’t realistically travel hundreds of miles on a horse, you might be able to follow another of their dictates and try to avoid having other people lead the way for you on your adventures.
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