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The Ride of her Life: the True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and their Last-Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts
In 1954, Annie Wilkins, a 64 year old farmer from Minot, Maine, had next to nothing. She had just lost her farm to back taxes. She had no relatives. And she’d been given a dire diagnosis – one that led her doctor to give her only a few years left and a warning to live them as stress-free as possible.
Annie was a tough-as-nails sort though, and didn’t pay that doctor any mind when she decided to go to California – someplace she had always wanted to see before she died.
There was only one small snag in her plan: given her state of affairs (no car, no money), she had no way to get there. What Annie *did* have: vast stores of moxie and gumption. Her plan: use every last cent she had to buy cucumber seeds. Against all odds, selling those cucumbers gave her enough money to buy herself a sturdy horse and some supplies. So with Tarzan (the sturdy horse) and her little dog Depeche-toi (“Hurry up)–she began her big adventure.
You cannot make this stuff up.
I don’t want to spoil any more of the story because it’s truly lovely. It’s not only a portrait of this absolute character of a woman, but it’s a serenade to an era long gone.
Get thee to the library and get your copy. Giddy-up already!
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