Horse Travel as Poetry
The Horse Travel Handbook is surely a lot more than merely a handbook. It is masked poetry, a long poem disguised as an anthology of tips and advices for long distance riders. The tips and advice are very helpful, no doubt about that. But CuChullaine's love of horses and long-distance riding he breathes into his writings gives me a rich experience. It is similar to the experience I get every time I encounter a serious art-work based on horses. From the practical instruction of preparing an expedition to the aftermath, the book elevates me to a higher realm of understanding, an intellectual and spiritual journey altogether. On the surface, the book deals with knots and choosing horses; in the core it deals with how to be a new human, with new eyes for the world and everything.
Indonesian Long Rider Nirwan Asuka rode through Papua New Guinea.