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Wagon driver back in the saddle after cross-country trek landed him in hospital

 

Neal Wagner

 

A New Hampshire man injured Feb. 10 when an 18-wheeler struck his horse-drawn recreational vehicle on Highway 45 South near Shuqualak is out of a Meridian hospital and is making plans to continue his journey across America, according to the man''s online blog. 

 


Bob Skelding, 49, of Deerfield, N.H., was released from Rush Memorial Hospital early this month after he was treated for a broken neck vertebrate, several broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a broken collar bone. 

 


The wreck came a few days after Skelding passed through Columbus during his more than 1,700-mile journey from New Hampshire to Mississippi. Though Skelding planned to travel to the Gulf Coast before turning west, a collision with an 18-wheeler destroyed his RV and placed his journey "on hold," he said. 

 


Though he was listed in serious condition for several days at the hospital, Skelding has made nearly a full recovery, he wrote in his online blog at wagonteamster.com. 

 


After he was released from the hospital, Skelding traveled to his sister''s house in Hickory, N.C. to continue recovering and make plans to build another recreational vehicle and continue his horse-drawn journey across the nation. 

 


"I''m currently at my sister''s house in Hickory, N.C.," Skelding wrote in a blog entry. "This is a great place to knit some bones, do some healing, then build wagon II and get it on the road. 

 


"I had life throw me a kick in the pants," Skelding added. "This is to be expected when you set off on a dream or a goal. Every journey has a beginning and an end, but they should always be of your own choosing." 

 


Following the wreck, two of Skelding''s horses, Deedee and Dolly, lay dead. The two surviving horses, Doc and Joyce, are in the care of Dr. William Calvert in DeKalb. 

 


Doc and Joyce each sustained cuts to the rear legs, but have made full recoveries and are awaiting transport to North Carolina, Skelding said.  

 


"They''re doing great, and are completely sound," Skelding wrote March 3. "I should be transporting them up to North Carolina in about a month.  

 


"Doc will make up the cornerstone of the new team, while Joyce is about due for an easy going ... retirement," Skelding wrote. "The trip is by no means over. It has just been delayed while things are re-structured." 

 


Since the wreck, Skelding has received a "flood" of support and get-well letters and e-mails from writers across the country, he wrote. 

 


Anyone wishing to write Skelding is encouraged to visit his Web site, wagonteamster.com, or write him at 119 Heritage Creek Drive, Hickory, N.C., 28601.

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment robert commented at 3/18/2009 9:50:00 PM:

The Wagon Driver Was Very Lucky That He Survived
The First Hair Brain Idea.
What Really Bother,s me, A WAGON is Slow To Be on
Any State or FEDERAL hIGHY.
I Thank God That It Wasnt A Mother And 3 or 4 small Children That was in that position when the accident accured in Scooba MS. THAT 3 SMALL CHILDREN ,POSSIBLY YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN DEAD
because one man has such selfish ides, that he
knownily puts every one around his 3 mile hour
selfish wagon tour. you know they have assilums
for people like THAT? maybe it wont be your family or relative that has the next accident
with that wagon, they may not be as lucky as the
selfish person that already caused one accident
that almos caused hid death and could have killed the truck driver. NO He's smart enough to
want to start his selfish trip again in a WAGON,
with out care for you'r LOVED ONES OR MINE
Smart Fellow Right/ HA' ha.

 

Article Comment Mark commented at 3/19/2009 8:37:00 AM:

You are really a sad person and I feel sorry for your family if they have to listen to such negativity all the time. The man had a dream to travel across the US by horse drawn wagon. He had managed to make it through a lot of states with no problems and then he get hit in Mississippi.

He was not using the interstate you dufus. Why not have a little sympathy in your heart.

 

Article Comment Mark commented at 3/19/2009 8:39:00 AM:

PS-Your grammar leaves much to be desired and until your posts make sense, I would refrain from posting again.

 

Article Comment Margaret commented at 3/19/2009 3:06:00 PM:

He pays taxes just like the rest of us and since it is not illegal to have a horse drawn wagon on the road, he had just as much right to be there as the rest of us.
I am a horse rider too but do not like to ride my horse on the roadside. Namely because of the inconsiderate people who speed by me, blow their horn and laugh when my horse shies or worse yet when rounding a curve, take "their half in the middle" and speed. The latter is even scary in an auto.
We ALL need to be aware and cautious of our surroundings, regardless. Accidents still happen. Let it be that, an accident, and not because we are self-centered or self-absorbed.

 

Article Comment ahc commented at 3/25/2009 8:42:00 PM:

Bless his heart. This story is sad. If anything, the driver of the 18 wheeler should have been paying more attention. I envy this man for not giving up on his dreams, even after this tragedy.

Also, poor horses :(

 

Article Comment pat brown commented at 3/29/2009 4:05:00 PM:

some people have no heart and apparently never had any dreams god bless this man and his journey

 

Article Comment Leslie Gray commented at 3/31/2009 7:06:00 PM:

My sympathies go out to Mr. Skelding for the pain he has experienced and the loss of his treasured horses. I have been following his progress across the country via blog .. I'm glad to say that most people are considerate and caring and more than willing to help a stranger.. So sad to say that you are not one of them, Robert...
Also a little tip.. you would benefit from joining a local church (if they will have you.. maybe they can help..) as well as perhaps taking some night classes... I agree with the above poster.. your use of the English language sucks.

 

Article Comment JOE commented at 4/16/2009 1:34:00 PM:

ROBERT YOU CANT BE AS STUPID AS WHAT YOU WROTE. HE HAS AS MUCH RIGHT TO USE ANY ROADS EXCEPT INTERSTATES AS ANYONE IN ANY TYPE VEHICHLE DOES. I GUESS WITH YOUR HURRY UP & GET OUT OF MY WAY LIFESTYLE YOU CUSS PEDESTRIANS BICYCLES TRACTORS OR ANY THING ELSE THATS NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH TO STAY OUT OF YOUR 80MPH WAY ? WHAT A MORON GROW UP SLOW DOWN & THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!!!

 

Article Comment alan commented at 6/20/2009 8:48:00 AM:

Yeah, this was such a wonderful thing. He had a dream, and so did the trucker who hit him, and now the wagon fool can once again pursue his dream while the trucker was fired over a wreck that the DOT said wasn't his fault.

Just wonderful.

 

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