THOMASVILLE -- Even the south Georgia humidity could not stop Eduardo Anibal Discoli from striving to achieve his dream.
Motorists on U.S. 84 received a treat Wednesday as they observed the 53-year-old former lawyer from Argentina making his way from Cairo to Thomasville during a leg of his worldwide "goodwill tour."
Discoli has spent the last three years and four months traveling around the globe.
"I have many reasons for taking this journey," he said. "First, is the ancestry of the horse. The first horse came to America with the Conquistadors. A Spanish horse crossed with a barbarian horse in North Africa. I also want to demonstrate the importance of the horse in this moment: in sports, communications, war, equine therapy and in peace. I want to show what the actuality of the horse is, what the horse is made of and for."
Fond of poetry and John Deere tractors, Discoli said he would also like his name to be in the "Guinness Book of World Records."
Discoli began his journey in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been collecting flags (114 so far) in every country and various states he has visited.
"I have been awarded many certificates from the authorities in many states and towns," he said. "In many states, I get the key to the city. It's excellent."
Discoli has already visited 13 countries and hopes to visit 40 before the end of his journey.
In order to do this, he must receive permission from the authorities or government in each one.
Accompanying Discoli on his journey are his American mustang, "Geronimo;" his two razacriollas from Argentina, "Good Boy" and "Chalchalero;" and, his Mexican bretasteca "Adelita."
Some might ask, "Why horses?" Discoli has a ready response.
"Horses have bigger hearts than their bodies," he said.
In short, they have character, which is something local farm owner and horse FAN Susan Fredericks also understands.
"I really respect and admire what he has done and what he is about to do," she said. "I'm also very interested in the horses because they are amazing animals to be able to do what they have done."
Fredericks and her family are providing a place for Discoli and his horses to stay while they are in the area.
The kind of hospitality Fredericks and other American citizens have shown Discoli has astounded and touched him.
"The people here, they open every door to us," he said. "They help me with water, food, a warm bath, things for my horses and money for the road. It is different in this country because everyone helps in a different form. People help in every country, but here people are more open and giving."
Fredericks said Discoli relies on donations to help pay his fees and traveling expenses.
"People give him donations for his goodwill tour around the world," she said.
Next up for Discoli could be Albany, then Atlanta. He also plans to visit South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington and New York before crossing the sea to Europe, traveling to Brazil and then back to Argentina.
Discoli said his trip could take three to four years to complete.
His journey and his reasons behind it might seem crazy, but it is something Discoli has been dreaming of accomplishing.
"Every people have their own dreams," he said. "This is mine."
For more information on Discoli, visit www.deacabalboalmundo.comar.
To donate items or money to Discoli's journey, call Susan Fredericks at (229) 346-6212.
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