Len Crow, a native of Canada, loves riding horse. But his rides aren't your typical jaunt out in the pasture, they're long distance journeys.In fact, he is on his sixth long-distance horseback ride and is currently passing through Montana on his solitary 4,200-mile journey. This one is taking him from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Guadalajara, Mexico.There's a reason for these journeys besides the love of riding horse."I do it to raise money for orphanages," he said.This ride will raise money for the Annabel de Vallejo Children's Home. In fact, Crow will be riding from the northern coast of Alaska to the orphanage deep in southern Mexico."My wife and I have been involved in establishing orphanages around the world," said Crow as he and his horse rested in a parking lot in Great Falls, Mont.Crow, a pastor in Orillia, Ontario, has helped establish several orphanages and children's homes."We took in three girls off the dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia," he said. "They had been living in the dump. Two of them were only seven years old. They were covered in lice and fleas and the police brought them to us so they wouldn't be sold into the slave trade for $30 apiece."The girls can now read and write and are learning English. And Crow says there are other stories just like theirs."We also have children's homes in the Philippines, Guatemala and India," said Crow.Currently, Crow is looking to raise money to help the orphanage in Mexico, but they are also needing funds to help renovate a new home in Cambodia, purchase computers, and help support the children that have been cared for and protected in their homes."We live in a bubble when it comes to the rest of the world," he said. "How children live in the rest of the world is very unfamiliar to us, but it is real."Crow is currently using two Arabian horses to carry him on his long distance ride."I have a 23-year-old horse named General," he said. "He has been with me on all of my rides and he was with me on this one but we took a fall in Alaska and he injured his neck and shoulder."Crow sent General to a friend's home to heal. Currently General is almost fully recuperated, but to continue the ride Crow had to pick up a second horse."I've used Tennessee Walkers, Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds, but for these long-distance rides I use exclusively Arabians because they have the endurance," he said.Of course, few horses are ready to undertake a 4,200 mile ride so Crow conditions them slowly."We ride them only about five or eight miles a day at first and we build it up from there," he explained.Crow, who used to train horses for a living, only averages 11 or 12 miles a day and the horses get every other day off to rest."The most we've done in one day, when the conditions were right, was 23 miles, but usually we only go about 12 miles a day."Part of the trick to the ride is finding new lodging every 12 miles."My wife goes ahead with the truck and trailer and tries to find a place where we can keep our horses," he said.His wife, Nancy, has been part of his road crew for every ride."The people are all very kind," he noted. "They offer us a place to stay or they donate feed for horses."And, always, he takes Sundays off."I try to find a place where I can preach on Sundays," he said.In 1996, Crow completed a ride from Alaska to Texas to raise money for a children's camp and church in the Philippines. That ride was also 4,200 miles.In 1998 he rode the original Pony Express Trail in Utah, covering 151 miles in 24 hours, using 12 different horses.Another Pony Express ride in 2002, carried him on a 308-mile trail ridden by Buffalo Bill Cody. His goal was to finish it in 46 hours."And I could have, too, but I stopped eight miles short," he said. "Buffalo Bill is my hero and I just didn't want to break his record. I wanted him to keep it."That ride raised money for the Annabel de Vallejo Home.Another ride, run with teams, completed 1,000 miles in seven days to raise funds for a children's home in the Philippines. The teams followed the Canadian Pony Express Riders route from Emerson, Manitoba to Calgary, Alberta where the teams and their horses then rode in the Calgary Stampede Parade.In 2007, another team ride took place between Fort Will, Barrie to Orillia by way of the Minesing and Coldwater.This current ride, however, completed alone and with only two horses, will be Crow's longest."We left Purdhoe Bay on June 6," he said.Prudhoe Bay is 10 miles past the Pan American highway and about as far north as land goes in Alaska."I've ridden in all kinds of weather. In fact, I've ridden in a lot of weather that I wish I hadn't," he laughed.He's been out in rain and snow and 70 mile an hour winds."We've been through a lot, but it hasn't deterred us," he said.Crow uses easy boots on his horses when they pass through town and makes sure that the horses have every other day to rest. But Crow doesn't rest, he keeps riding and raising money for the children who need it.And, despite the fact that Crow is heading to Mexico the old-fashioned way, on horseback, he is very much connected to the world of technology. He has a facebook page and a Web site. Readers can also follow his journey on Twitter."I always have my cell phone with me," he said.Currently Crow is passing through Montana along Highway 87 to Billings.To follow his journey, donate to his cause or give him a place to keep his horses overnight or preach at a service, e-mail him at ncbc99@yahoo.ca or pastorcrow@northcountrybaptistchurch.com. Readers can also follow him on Twitter at lencrow@ncbc visit his Web site at http://www.canadianponyexpress.com.