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Riding the Colorado Trail, I began to see the point of living an ultralight life

It’s on my mind again as we are packing our belongings for our move to Orkney

By Cal Flyn   October 2019

“I felt a freedom I’ve never felt before”. Illustration by Kate Hazell

A couple of summers ago, my partner Richard and I rode the Colorado Trail, a mountainous 500-mile route through the Rocky Mountains, from end to end. We travelled alone except for three horses, all of whom I’d rented—much like one might rent a car—from an enormous ranch on the outskirts of Denver. We rode the two painted geldings, and the third, a little Appaloosa mare, ran loose behind us as a pack horse.

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