I wonder if Is it still possible to ride across country on horseback.
I have always wanted to ride across the U.S. on horseback Starting here in Kentucky and going to California.
I think it would be a very interesting ride unlike running or biking I would think on horseback I would have a lot more challenges. I know a lot more expensive.
But I think it would be worth doing and something I want to do very much.
KY Rough Rider
Someone already accomplished this mission. His name is Miles James Dean. He started out from NYC on Sept 2007 and arrived in Los Angeles in May 2009. You can read all about it by googling his name or going to milesdean.com
The discovery trail is over 6,000 miles long.
There are three trails I know of running N and S from Can. To Mexico. Also there is a wagon train ride every year from Navoo Ill. to Mon. on the old Mormon Trail. We have over 200 mi. of trails here in the White Mountains all connected together with connector trails.
The Cowboy Poet
I have enjoyed reading the post so far I have also been talking to my brother in law and a few friends about the trip and I think I may try something deferent.
My Brother-in-law and I have also been thinking about a motorcycle trip from Kentucky to Punta Colorado in Argentina for over 10 few years now We have been saving up for the trip for about 3 years now.
The trip would take us thru Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and about half way down Argentina. About 6 weeks by motorcycle. If by horse we would start at the U.S. /Mexico border and plan for about 9 to 11 months to do the ride.
I think it would be much more interesting on horseback and more of a challenge then going across the US However Pat thinks the motorcycle would be better Anyway something to think about.
I still have about 2 years to plan it out. Again thanks for all the post.
KY Rough Rider
I've just read, "The Last of the Saddle Tramps", By Messanie Wilkins. The book details her ride from Maine to California in 1954. Published by the Long Riders Guild Press, it is subtitled, "A 7000 mile equestrian odyssey through the USA.
Has anyone heard from Gene Glasscock? He was also a member of the Longriders Guild who completed a ride to all state capitols in the lower 48. I rode with him from the Trails End Arena in Tumwater, WA to the state capitol in Olympia in 2005.
Last I heard he was injured.
I have read many different stories about the Long Riders Guilds. Many fascinating stories even those where they state could have never happen. Some of their stories out right call some cowboys liars, and perhaps they are correct.
Though many of these stories are true as you come across a guy who is going across the nation to each capital and that is Gene Glasscock. He lives in his sheep wagon driven by his mares. However, he was not injured, by took to West Nile Virus. He should be release from the halfway house to his friends on Friday November 26th according to his web site: http://www.geneglasscock.org/
Despite what the Long Riders Guilds state on the history to Frank Hopkins, he had to be one hell of a Cowboy....perhaps he did have some tall tales, but while they discredit many of his tales, each day they seem to find something to support another story about the legendary Cowboy.
Although, of those tales, my favorite is not the one racing across the desert sand of Arabia, but the story where he raced from Galveston to Rutland. While there is no truth to the story, I take it as something Samuel Clemens might have written as just a good bit of Mark Twain. Fiction worth reading. Maybe Frank just wanted to be remembered and today so many recall the tales of Frank Hopkins. Damn near as big as the state of Texas. Regardless, I think I would have enjoyed meeting him and hearing what he had to say.
Once enjoying the endurance racing riding American Dream aka "Yankee" a grey Half Arab-Quarter Horse Gelding, I found a great love reading about the very few races such as the TEVIS CUP. Endurance Racing has long been around just not perhaps as popular as we have seen displayed in western movies as the 1975 production "BITE THE BULLET" featuring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen and Jan-Michael Vincent.
Horseman would never run there horses to death. For those who would I believe are merely investors. However, "Hidalgo" is a great movie. Like most movies, base on some facts, some fiction....my popcorn and Dr Pepper was well enjoyed during my viewing.
Perhaps some day I'll live long enough to see the next best thing as an Arab race across the deserts. Padre Island, Texas has the utmost perfect stretch to perform a 50 and the 100 mile endurance race. The Island is part of the National Sea Shores as a Federal Park. I believe people would come to watch this event and have it open to any breed, any Frank Hopkins style Cowboy and Cowgirl and let them go for the bragging rights as they do with the Tevis Cup. Although the nation already does have some desert endurance races.
Perhaps we should put the letter F for Frank back into the word Iie and you get Life, A race from Galveston to Rutland might add some life to the name Frank Hopkins if today one could safely maneuver Interstate 45.
Keep your dream alive....but remember this above all else....it's all about logistics.......without proper planning your dream could turn into a nightmare ..and try to have a partner .....any endevor such as a cross country ride needs backup. Happy trails.......
Many folks dream about taking a ride across the United States. Some might think it is crazy, others to fill a fantasy and some to make a contribution in some means to take on such a task. Several riders each year take on this challenged. Some with success while others start but due to different reasons are forced to end the hopes of competing such an event.
Some things one needs to keep in mind is physical condition of the rider and the horse. Other important issues, supplies and logistics. Where is the next watering hole, camping over night or running into trouble. Some riders have just packed the saddle bag and off they went into the fading horizon with out much thought to the many what if's. Just a few are the matters of each state laws on riding your horse along side roadways, equine needs, vet meds, certifications and current coggins test, farriers and road mapping the plan long before the ride.
Currently Kathleen Dodds of Sherwin, Oregon is riding such an event. As a horse trainer, she has always dreamed about making such a ride. She left Oregon last May and is currently outside of White Haven, PA with hopes to be in the Big Apple for the Thanksgiving Parade. This also takes help from outside sources. Kathleen has built a huge fan base along this ride who have supported her dream to come true.
I hope that the NYCPD will provide her the authorization to complete her trip riding out looking of Long Island and view the Statue of Liberty near the New jersey shores. You can follow her story at http://youmightthinkthisiscrazy.blogspot.com/ or track her daily activity on facebook.
Although, Kathleen is not alone in the dream. Bill Inman, an Oregon Rancher began his journey June 2, 2007 because he felt distress over how the country was being portrayed in news coverage and on TV shows. He rode his 16-year-old thoroughbred-quarter horse Blackie.
William Stanley Perdue of Georgia took his ride across America from the east coast state of Georgia to Tombstone, Arizona in August 14, 2004, with his 4-year-old Appaloosa/Quarter Horse gelding, “Apache” and his 8-year-old black and white Paint Horse gelding, “Banjo.” His two greatest rewards of the trip were the wonderful people he met along the way and the bond that he created with his animals stated William. His two greatest luxuries were a shower and clean laundry.
He did have to take time from off from riding due to saddle swores and many days of rain. William also mentioned his greatest disappointment was broken glass along the many highways and a hand full of folks who would try to spoke the horses.
Despite the many days of bad weather, every rider has one thing they each have in common. They say "It was a beautiful ride moving across the country at a walk seeing what one might ignore when driving by car."
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