A Texas man quit his 6-figure tech job to spend 3 months on a 2,300-mile trip by horseback from Austin to Seattle

  • A Texas man quit his six-figure job to take a 2,300-mile trip on horseback from Austin to Seattle.

  • Cyril Bertheau embarked on his journey this week, which he expects to take 100 days.

  • He plans to ride for 5.5 days each week with a day of rest for his horse, Shiok.

A Texas man ditched his six-figure tech job to adventure on horseback from Austin to Seattle, Washington.

Cyril Bertheau expects the trip to last about 100 days, he told Fox 7 Austin. He had a sendoff on April 9 from Austin's Zilker Park.

"In my family, the Bertheau, there's a tradition that the eldest son of each generation does a great, big adventure," Bertheau told Fox 7. "It's kind of my turn."

He quit his job at Austin-based tech and transportation company aifleet, purchased his horse from Craigslist, and mapped out a journey from his city through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho to end up in Seattle, where he will stay for a week before turning around and making the trip home, Fox 7 reported.

Bertheau, who is experienced at riding on horseback, told KXAN that he plans to ride five full days per week with one-half day and one day of rest for Shiok, his horse.

"Rest is going to be important," Bertheau told KXAN. "I have to take care of him and make sure he recovers."

Bertheau doesn't plan on spending money on lodging during the 2,300-mile trip, instead planning on camping along trails. He also told the outlet he is using a special GPS to avoid highways and track terrain. For Shiok's health, Bertheau will avoid asphalt, he told KXAN. He will also share his journey on Instagram and TikTok, he told Fox 7.

@2raw2ride Departure day for my horse ride from Austin, TX to Seattle, WA. Thanks to everyone who came out to support me. Follw my journey! #fyp #horse #adventure #austin #journey ♬ Blade Runner 2049 - Synthwave Goose


Bertheau sees himself carrying on a family tradition of going on a "great adventure," he told KXAN. His father, Eric, backpacked around the world in 1984, and his grandfather traveled the desert on foot, Bertheau told the outlet.

Eric Bertheau told Fox 7 that he and his wife are proud of their son, if not a little nervous for him.

"We are a little bit nervous because he is by himself on a horse, he's going to be in all sorts of situations... but that's part of the adventure," Eric Bertheau told Fox 7. "Almost, I wish I was him. I wish I could do it again."

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