Man & Horse

The Long Ride Across America

Man & Horse

The Long Ride Across America

The Story

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that’s as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse’s ears.

Welcome To The Site

This has been a long time coming. Took me forty years to write the book, and another one to get it out into the world. And a bit more time to gather photos and memorabilia together so I can properly give Gizmo his due. So, this is just a little welcome mat I'm...

What the Readers are sayin’

The book’s out now, and I’ve gotta say, it’s doing okay. I’m hoping it’s gonna grow legs and get on out there, farther into the real world. It’s a bit like your children. You nurture them along and, at some point, you give ’em a shove and send them out on their own. A...


He was young and full of himself when we set off from Ventura, California on April third, 1974. Born on the first of February, 1970, he was just four years old, still pretty green and inexperienced, but honest and dependable. We had already forged a strong...

I Finally Wrote That Book

Yes folks, I finally got around to writing the book. It only took forty-some-odd years. But what the heck, I got it done. I did the whole deal. Wrote it, edited it, sent it to a real editor. Rewrote it. Sent it around to folks to read (them call ’em “beta readers” in...

…captured me from the first page. A glimpse into times past, an America no longer accessible, and a journey for no real reason other than a personal drive.