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Ride the Rising Wind [Paperback]

Barbara Kingscote
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March 20 2006

In May 1949, at the age of twenty, Barbara Kingscote left her farm in Mascouche, Quebec, and set out for the Pacific Ocean on horseback. Barbara and her equine companion Zazy reached the West Coast just over a year later, after travelling 4ꯠ miles and discovering the heart of this great country. Ride the Rising Wind reveals Canada through the fresh eyes of a brave young woman discovering both herself and her country on the journey of a lifetime.


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Barbara Kingscote currently lives just outside of Red Deer, Alberta. Having earned her MA and PhD in Veterinary Science from the University of Guelph, Kingscote has spent a lifetime working with animals. From researching zoonosis (diseases that can be passed from animals to humans), to studying reindeer in Canada’s far north, Kingscote has many more incredible true stories to tell.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Feb. 1 2007
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"Lyrical" is one of the words that comes to mind when I was reading this book. It's the story of a young woman's journey by horseback across Canada from Mascouche, QC to Vancouver, BC in 1949-1950. She was helping to bring a mare owned by friends who had moved out to BC and in doing so was on a voyage of discovery.

This book is less about the physical journey itself but does, at times, reads like what many young (and old) people have been doing for millenia and that is to find their own place in society. I don't think that Ms. Kingscote found her place during this journey but it was a start.

The best parts of this book has to do with her interactions with people across Canada, both good and bad, with the good overwhelming the bad. I loved hearing how people invited her in and sheltered her and almost passed her along to the next set of friends. In that I hear the resonance of long-ago bike tours and it makes me wish for the open road.
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