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Chapter 4: The Desert

 a man stands next to a horse in a desert setting

The desert of Nevada reveals to Matt what's essential for survival — for him and for his horse, Smokey. The blazing sun and isolation peel away at Matt and threaten his morale for the long journey ahead.

Ride of Passage is a limited series podcast about one young man's solo ride across the country on horseback. Produced by Laura Weber Davis. Subscribe now.

Laura is Executive Producer of Stateside. She came to Michigan Public from WDET in Detroit, where she was senior producer on the current events program, Detroit Today.