Northland man rides for charity
It took the loss of everything for a Northland man to live out his dreams.
Pete Langford's 2500 kilometre journey from Bluff to Cape Reinga on horseback would probably never have happened if not for a set of ''unfortunate circumstances''.
Mr Langford said he lost everything when his business went under last year and he was forced to sell his home in August.
''I suppose you could call it being one of the casualties of the recession,'' he said.
However, while there may have been some wallowing in self pity, Mr Langford said life was all about perspective.
''When I was telling a friend about the hardships in my life around the kitchen table, she told me 'You're quite fortunate'.''
After his initial shock at her lack of compassion, he said her explanation put him into a different head space.
''She told me without a job and without a mortgage, I had a great deal of freedom and could do anything I wanted.''
With those words of advice and a few months of planning, Mr Langford and a pair of former race horses donated to him will leave Bluff on Sunday for the ride of a life time.
''Possessions and money can come and go but an experience like this will be with me for the rest of my life,'' he said.
The Southland Times