Richard Fipps long ride?

The Las Vegas Sun has an article from July 27th about the thousands of dollars local businesses put into sponsoring Richard Fipps "trip". The supposed ride from Mexico to Canada appears it may not have happened. According to the Sun article the owner of the ranch where Fipps kept his horses during that time reports he said other riders made the trip. That, however, conflicts with the account posted on his weblog via cell phone calls to the hosting provider.