Cowboy passes through Alberta on charity ride from Alaska to Mexico

Len Crow’s 11,000-km horseback ride has come full circle.

At least in terms of the weather.

It was “snowing and blowing and cold,” when cowboy and pastor Crow embarked on his journey from Alaska last spring.

“It caught up to me again here,” said Crow of Alberta’s sudden plunge into winter.

Monday night and Tuesday’s ride, which ended just outside Chain Lakes Provincial Park, about 110 km south of Calgary, were the coldest parts of the journey so far, said Crow.

Riding roughly 40 km per day, Crow is travelling on horseback from Deadhorse, Alaska, which he left June 6, to Guadalajara, Mexico on a trek he calls Ride for Mission VI.

From Orillia, Ont., Crow, 60, has embarked on several rides in years past, however this is his longest.

He’s hoping to raise awareness and $1 million for orphanages in Cambodia, India, Mexico, Guatemala and the Philippines, a cause near and dear to his heart.

“We really have been blessed in Canada,” he said, adding he’s grateful to have raised his kids here and wants happy lives for children in less fortunate countries.

Crow even sold his Ontario ranch prior to his trek to help fund the trip.

“Though I don’t have a lot of talents or abilities, I know how to sit on a horse,” he said.

During his travels, he’s encountered buffalo, moose, caribou and bears.

His wife has been driving a truck and trailer and friends from Montana have also been travelling alongside Crow.

He’s been riding six days per week and hopes to reach his destination by late May 2015.

For more information, visit the Ride for Missions VI – Pony Express for Orphans Facebook page, follow Crow on Twitter: @ncbc99, or log onto www.canadianponyexpress.com

jenna.mcmurray@sunmedia.ca

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