It took Linda Losey, Bloomery’s co-founder and visionary, 4032 miles to ride across America, alone, with her two horses Val and Rocky. According to Rocky, Linda’s lead horse and Tennesee Walker, who clopped along at 1783 steps per mile—that’s 7 million, 189 thousand fifty six steps to get them home, through sheer determination and perseverance.
A Woman of Valor
Linda’s heart-wrenching story began on June 22, 2004, when her youngest son, 10-year-old Sam, was crushed beneath the wheels of a trailer hauling a 5-ton tractor. The tragic family accident shattered Linda’s world, but not her courage. Vowing to honor his life, Linda fulfilled Sam’s dream of someday riding across the country on a horse.
The Promise Keeper
Eight months after Sam’s death, Linda began her healing journey by riding 4032 miles across America, alone, on horseback. Dubbed “The Promise Keeper” by the Navajos, Linda honored her youngest son’s dream and memory.
Linda realized her youngest son’s dream in riding a horse across America and became the first woman to do so using the American Discovery Trail. She was inducted into the elite Longrider’s Guild after her achievement. In the end, Linda states, “It was the best thing I could ever have done to heal, to move through the pain in losing a child. I confronted God and my anger in the loss, in the unfamiliar, lonely desert. I slept with the Navajos. I ate with strangers. I survived an earthquake, a tornado, a heatwave, snow, sleet and rain. Through it all, I learned gratitude. Humbleness. Patience. Humor. Perseverance. I witnessed miracles. And I shared my pain, my story, my journey. I learned to laugh again, to cry again, to love again. I learned it was okay to live again.”
The Courage to Face Your Fears
On that healing journey Linda learned that she had the courage to face her fears. The journey, across America, was not for the faint of heart. She learned that she was strong, resilient and had the ability to change—to change her thoughts, her emotions, her pain, and her life. She had the courage to persevere and change one lonely step at a time.
As Linda states, “When facing a challenge, the easy choice is you stay down in the depths of despair, but at some point you have to choose to rise above it; you have to choose between nowhere and somewhere, between here and there. You have to choose to change.”
Honor Your Journey
No matter the adventure, challenge after challenge after challenge will be placed before you. Be determined to rise above the challenge to honor your individual journey. As Linda said, “The one thing that amazed me was the sheer generosity I found in every small town and city all across America. People just like you who wanted to see me succeed. Who were cheering me onto succeed. I became a mere player in a larger picture. It was a journey of pure American spirit.”
Don’t Quit. Persevere. Honor Your Adventure.