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Brazilian Cowboy Finishes 8-Year Ride Across the Americas

Filipe Masetti Leite, 33, rode into Calgary, Alberta on July 3, completing a 26,000km, eight-year ride across the Americas. Appropriately, his journey ended at the Calgary Stampede grounds. Initially, Leite was to have led the event’s annual Parade, but it was cancelled because of COVID-19. Instead, on the day the Stampede was to have begun, a small group of supporters accompanied him into Calgary. Stampede officials joined him on horseback and mounted police escorted him through the city. He was then crowned honorary Stampede Parade marshal. When he reached the Stampede grounds, he dismounted, and overwhelmed with emotion, he knelt and prayed. This is where he  began his marathon journey back in July 2012.   Since then, he has been crossing the Americas on horseback one section at a time. From his 2012 Calgary start, Leite first rode 16,000km to…

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Originally posted 2020-07-09 05:06:29.

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