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Out for a Ride -- a Very Long Ride

November 29, 2003
Chris Viola
The Florida Times-Union

Michael Muir and Cindy Goff, both of Lexington, Ky., and Allison Tyas of Norfolk, England, are taking a 1,000-mile road trip from Louisville, Ky., to Cedar Key, Fla., by horsedrawn carriage.

They are retracing the route of Michael's great-grandfather, naturalist John Muir, who once made a 1,000-mile hike. John Muir was a founder and first president of the Sierra Club.

The trio, now in Southeast Georgia, hope to show that disabilities shouldn't prevent a person from going on a adventure. Michael Muir has multiple sclerosis. Goff is in a wheelchair after being paralyzed in a riding accident. Tyas is a survivor of childhood leukemia.

Their pace is roughly 20 miles a day. Only two riders and their two dogs, Rose and Burt, travel in carriage at any time. The other person drives a car ahead of the route to secure lodging.

Michael Muir said finding a place to stay has been the most pleasant experience of the trip.

"The old cliche of Southern hospitality is true," he said.

They occasionally stop at schools and hospitals to share their message.

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