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Traveling woman shares her story about surviving domestic violence

California resident Meredith Cherry and her Peruvian Paso Mustang, Apollo, are traveling throughout all 48 continental United States to spread awareness about domestic violence. They recently passed through Bay City and Plum City. Photo courtesy of Meredith Cherry1 / 2
California resident Meredith Cherry and her Peruvian Paso Mustang, Apollo, are traveling throughout all 48 continental United States to spread awareness about domestic violence. They recently passed through Bay City and Plum City. Here they stop at the Wisconsin welcome sign in the town of Trenton. Photo courtesy of Meredith Cherry2 / 2

Meredith Cherry and her horse, a 10-year-old Peruvian Paso Mustang named Apollo, were in the Plum City area last week. They are planning to travel to all 48 continental states to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Cherry and Apollo came into the Bay City area and spent the night at the Randy and Lori Larson farm outside of Plum City. Friends gathered to meet them and hear about her journey.

They started out from Grass Valley, California, over a year ago. Cherry said she lived in an abusive relationship for over 12 years and had a chance to escape. She notes that domestic violence is one of those things that people avoid talking about and do not wish to share the negative experiences.

After living in an isolated area with no close neighbors or relatives nearby, and finally getting a chance to escape, she decided to make this journey to share with others.

They travel about 15 miles per day, following Google maps and networking with others to plan when and where to travel and where to stay overnight and shelter and feed Apollo. Over the winter she will board Apollo and fly home, and then start again in the spring.

Cherry said she would not be in her 21st state "without all the good people" who have stepped up to help out.

People can follow her journey on Facebook and Twitter sites. Check out www.centauride.org for updates on the ride for domestic violence.

Local contacts for assistance are: Turningpoint, 117 N. Main St., River Falls, www.Turningpoint-wi.org , 715-425-6751; and www.thebridgetohope.org/ or 800-924-9918, Menomonie.

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