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About Journey America

On July 8, 2012, Filipe Masetti Leite, a Brazilian journalist based out of Toronto, embarked upon one of the most daring journeys of the 21st Century. The second-generation cowboy is riding two horses through 12 countries in North, Central and South America – a lifelong dream passed down from his father and inspired by Aime Tschiffelly’s 1925 ride from Argentina to Washington D.C. Filipe is traveling on horseback to explore, learn and engulf himself in the simplicity of a “natural way of life". Riding through hundreds of towns and villages on his nearly 10,000 mile journey, he'll engage with locals to hear their stories, sharing the most compelling narratives he finds. All the while you will see his personal footage updated weekly and follow his exact GPS coordinates on OutWildTV. Come along and experience Filipe's adventures and pitfalls while he experiences the wilderness, cities and towns of the Americas on his epic journey home.

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09.19.14 It's a dog eat chick world

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From the town of Andradina I rode south towards Latin America's largest rodeo, Barretos. With each sunset, a nostalgia - triggered by the fact that we were nearing the end of our Long Ride - was building.

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09.10.14 A Long Ride to the Mall

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The state of São Paulo, like the rest of Brazil, is facing a horrible drought. Months have passed with no precipitation. The grass is yellow and the rivers are drying up. It’s a very worrying situation.

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09.08.14 A dam long ride

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On a gloomy Wednesday morning I tacked up the ponies for our last ride through the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. After more than two years on the road we would finally enter the ultimate state in our journey - São Paulo.

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08.13.14 Highway of Fear

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The road south from Campo Grande was a tough one. As the highway tightened, the influx of large trucks grew.

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08.08.14 World Cup

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As I nervously chewed popcorn the Brazilian National anthem played on the Television.

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08.04.14 Nevada

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When I first started planning this Long Ride, almost 4 years ago, I had nothing. No saddle, no horses, no cameras. Fortunately, I had one thing - the strong belief that in the end everything works out.

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08.01.14 Campo Grande

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With 450 kilometers of Brazilian soil behind us we finally arrived in Campo Grande.

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07.31.14 Ranch Gruta Azul

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"Welcome to Ranch Gruta Azul!" Nene, one of Brazil's best cutting horse trainers greeted us on approach.

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07.30.14 Live on CNN!

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With a beautiful mountain face to my left and a river to my right I rode out of Aquidauana. Following an old cattle trail, I enjoyed the beautiful views while the ponies walked along relaxed by the absence of cars.

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07.25.14 The True Heroes

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As I write this blog, I keep thinking to myself, this can’t be true...

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