More about Lee
More about Lee and his travels
While Lee does not have problems like flat tires and engine breakdowns, there are a multitude of other
problems occurring that may require Lee to stop or lay over somewhere. One of those problems is
exhaustion, which Lee is encountering. Lee must see to his own basic needs and also those of four large
To put it a bit crudely, "it ain't no walk in the park."
Every lifestyle has its trials and tribulations. Lee is living "a simple life" in a way: He doesn't have to be at
a certain place at a certain time each day. He has no mortgage, electricity, or gas bills. But life is difficult
for Lee in ways most of us cannot imagine.
I think a better way of describing Lee's life is "uncomplicated and basic."
Imagine driving a team of three horses down a narrow road while impatient drivers behind you pass you
as fast as they can, and drivers coming from the other way whiz past you. Lee has to keep the animals
calm and keep the wagon on the road. It takes skill and concentration to do that. Lee has to concentrate
on the horses -- 100%. The horses might be spooked by a flag flapping in the wind, a dog barking, or a
thousand other things. One horse might take a notion to just stop and back up, dragging the others along.
They might see some juicy green grass and decide it's time for a snack. They are not predictable, and
Lee must always be on the alert. Lee has only the reins and his voice to control them.
You know how annoying is when you are driving in the rain and a semi-truck goes by and sprays your
windshield? When a semi goes by Lee, it soaks Lee, the horses, the wagon AND the contents of the
When you are on a trip, and you want to stop for the night, you find a motel, grab your bags, lock your car,
get settled in the room, and go out for dinner.
Lee must first find a place where the owner does not object to the presence of his wagon and the animals.
It must be a place near to a restaurant or eatery, because Lee doesn't have cooking facilities in the
wagon. This usually means he stops for the night in a parking lot.
Then he must first see to the needs of two horses and two large dogs. After the animals have been cared
for and fed, and Lee has eaten, and he has visited with many curious and helpful people, he tries to get
some sleep. He has a place in the wagon to sleep, but the nature of Great Pyrenees dogs is to warn and
protect their human. Therefore, every time a vehicle goes by, they bark. That is their JOB. They bark
loudly, and often. It's impossible to sleep through the noise.
Those are only a few of the obstacles Lee faces every day. Lee has informed me of these problems, but
isn't complaining. That's just the way it is.
Fortunately, everywhere he goes, there are wonderful, generous people eager to help him in any way they
I just want to say that while we may lose confidence in the people who are running our great country, and
we are all facing huge problems like skyrocketing utility bills, our young people being sent to war, etc., it is
extremely heartening to follow Lee and his determination and be able to witness the kindness and
generosity of everyday people he meets along the way.
Lee is touching people's hearts and they are touching his.
It's a great story, isn't it?
|Links to Articles About Lee
Note: Some of these links may become obsolete because the websites may remove older articles.
I'll try to check them often. If you discover a bad link, please email Patty.
March 12, 2008: Canton, OH: http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=403122&r=0&Category=9&subCategoryID=0
March 13, 2008: Unity, OH: Where the long road leads: Welcome to Farm and Dairy http://www.farmanddairy.com/Articles-i-
Feb. 24, 2008: Click on LEE HORSELOGGER’S SOJOURN IN LAUGHLINTOWN, PA.
Feb. 21, 2008: Newspaper article - Pittsburgh PA
Jan. 29, 2008: New Kingtown, PA: This is the link to the story I wrote about Lee for the The Sentinel newspaper in Carlisle
when he was in New Kingstown before he set out today towards Carlisle.
Jan. 2008: http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080107/NEWS/80107012/-1/rss01
15 August 2007: http://www.thereminder.com/localnews/wilbrahamhampden/manseesnationbywag/
Lee's story has reached as far away as ITALY! http://rethinkamerica.blogosfere.it/2007/07/in-calesse-attraverso-lamerica-
July 22, 2007: http://www.newhouse.com/wagoneer-continues-journey-of-his-lifetime.html
July 18, 2007: http://www.townonline.com/homepage/x2144991112
July 13, 2007: http://www.masslive.com/springfield/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1184316048292550.xml&coll=1
June 22, 2007: http://www.syracuse.com/articles/madison/index.ssf?/base/news-7/118250308139150.xml&coll=1
June 14, 2007: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18470208&BRD=984&PAG=461&dept_id=141126&rfi=6
May 18, 2007: http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/308331036666312.php
May 16, 2007: http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news/article/2002021
Feb. 22, 2007: http://www.unioneagle.com/2007/February/22lee.html
March 5, 2007: http://www.leadertelegram.com/story.asp?id=80262
May 16, 2007: http://www.thegatewaynews.com/news/article/2002102
May 11, 2007: WKSU in Kent, Ohio: http://www.wksu.org/news/story/20848
May 10, 2007: http://www.wksu.org/news/yourwayhome/index.php?archive=20070510
May 10, 2007: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/17204845.htm