Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America

John Egenes 1015388110907


1960s & '70s

John Egenes

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In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears.


Action, Adventure, Biographical, Epic, Memoir,

Short Summary

5th SHORT BLURB: In 1974 John Egenes saddled his young horse, Gizmo and set out to do the impossible. Together the pair started down the trail on the adventure of a lifetime, a seven month journey that took them across the United States, from ocean to ocean.


Across the United States in 1974. Starting in Ventura, Calif, and traveling through: Calif, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. A wide variety of locations and settings; A man and his horse, traveling across deserts, mountains, prairies; in cities and Indian reservations; sleeping in abandoned mines, graveyards, and all manner of other places.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Gizmo (horse)

Age: 4

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Lone Wolf, Obedient, Romantic, Aspiring, Charming, Engaging, Faithful, Funny, Beautiful, Heroic, Selfless, Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: John (the author)

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest, Selfless, Aspiring, Funny, Engaging, Gracious, Heroic, Adventurous, Empathetic, Honorable, Underdog, Charming, Flexible, Lone Wolf, Romantic, Skillful, Complex, Faithful

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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