A Canadian cowboy hoped to join the ranks of the long riders as he rode out of Calgary on Sunday for an epic journey to his birthplace in Brazil.
Filipe Masetti Leite, 25, who immigrated to Canada when he was a teenager, intends to spend the next two years riding his two horses, "Bruiser" and "Frenchie," through 12 countries in North, Central and South America.
Leite is expected to eventually cover about 16,000 kilometres and reach his final destination in 2014.
"My mom is very worried obviously.
She says she's going to have to take some sedatives for the next two years to try and sleep at night," Leite told reporters on a bright, sunny morning just outside the city's Stampede grounds.
"It just feels right. We're a family that move on instinct, we move on feeling and if it felt wrong I wouldn't do it."
The Canadian Press