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When Cows Fly

It was five years ago, this November, when a team of cowboys transplanted a ranch in a box from the Montana range to the Russian steppes. We traveled by truck, plane, and ship to settle on Stevenson-Sputnik Ranch. The anniversary has me in a sentimental mood, something cowboys are prone to feel anyway. It doesn’t help that I ran into one of the offspring of our cattle, a bull on display at Moscow’s livestock expo, Golden Autumn.

Commemorating the event, I’ve created an interactive map that recreates the adventure.

And because no journey is complete without a soundtrack, here’s a playlist of road-trip tunes. They’ll get your toe tapping.

“What a long, strange trip it’s been,” indeed.


Ryan Bell is a Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow, traveling through Russia and Kazakhstan for his project #ComradeCowboys. Follow his adventure on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Get updates about his work at Storify.

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