About Journey America
On July 8, 2012, Brazilian journalist Filipe Masetti Leite embarked on one of the most daring equestrian adventures attempted in almost a hundred years. This second-generation cowboy rode three horses through 12 countries from Canada to Brazil, following a dream passed down from his father and inspired by the legendary long-riders of the past. His 10,000 mile journey took him through hundreds of towns and ranches, down countless back roads, and over some of the most beautiful country on Earth. When you travel the world at three miles an hour, you experience every new place like a local, friendships are quickly made, and help given immediately and without question. More than anything, long riding is life-affirming and that is just one of many reasons why Journey America resonates with people everywhere. Read Filipe’s journal entries and check out the 90 dispatch videos from that first epic adventure here, then sit back and take a deep breath, because that was only the beginning…
The Road to Zacatecas
Amid stone walls and church domes I dive deep into history. Fancisco Villa won his most important battle during the Mexican Revolution here. Thousands of indigenous slaves were forced to work in the mines under horrible conditions when the Spanish arrived years earlier. This was one of the most important cities in the Americas during the 16th century – producing a wealth of silver and gold.
“If someone knocks on the door in the middle of the night, don’t open the door. Last week two women were shot in the head just down the road from here for no reason… there are very bad people here,” Josefina warns my father and I before we head to bed.
“I would now like to call Filipe Masetti Leite on stage to say a few words to the people of Cuencame,” director of culture, Jaime Favelas told the large crowd gathered in the main square.