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Anybody out there following this on the site if you
would give me a little nudge, some little word of
encouragement it sure would be sweet. Sure does pick up
the pace of life. Would make me know Iím not doing all
this for nothing"
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Monday July 4, 2005 6:40pm (covers last week)
Well howdy do folks, I hope this message finds every
single one of you with a big grin and a happy smile on
your face. I apologize itís been since last week since
Iíve been able to give an update. Iíve been 100% out of
cell phone range. I sure been frustrated not being able
to talk to you and let ya know whatís going on.
Everybody should be awful da gone tickled to death
that Iím out here in the middle of know where causing
nobody no grief no harm.
Ok, letís start out with the JUNE
28th: Rode about 19 miles that day. I believe
it was a rough and miserable day. To start off with got
out of cell range and couldnít call for support to get
the horses up. Iím in the middle of open range all I see
is a lot of sky but its god awful pretty. Iím ok there
is no need to panic, no need to call the National Guard,
I will survive. Iím a cowboy true and hard.
Then I was frying up some biscuits and bacon when the
grease got up onto the fire. Next thing ya know it
caused a pretty nice little fire. Mind ya I didnít burn
down half the country side though. I had it all figured
out just right I emptied all my canteens water and put
the fire out. I was no where around mid Utah whenever
this accrued so I did not have anything to do with
Utahís catching fire.
Although if anything did
burn up in Utah itís not going to matter all that much
goodness gracious half the country knows its dessert
anyway. Needless to say everything seem to be going
miserable that day. One of my horses fell sick, I canít
get him to eat or drink heís not doing to spiffy. So I
kinda took it easy with him that day. He came along with
me just following like a little puppy. I didnít ask him
to work to hard simply because of his health and
ability. Iíve had that ol horse nearly all his life and
heís been a good horse. I surely didnít want to hurt
Seems like things were breaking lose and coming a
little bit easier. We rode about 17 miles that day and
things were looking better. My pony was feeling a little
better , I didnít burn anything up and didnít run out of
water. I was able to water up at a creek and get all my
jugs and canteens full. A little place called Javey
Creek. We had us a good breakfast and started things
just right. I reckon all things were going good on that
After my days ride I set up camp. Bruce kinda creped
in on me, he was thinking I was still riding and was
looking for me. I didnít realize he was sitting on the
other side of the hill. We had supper together then sat
around the camp fire and played cards for a couple
hours. I went on and crawled in my bed roll and went
sound to sleep. Slept like a baby that night I did. A
nice cool breeze came across us, and I guarantee I was
able to get a goodnights rest.
On the next morning the JUNE 30 th I
was feeling pretty alive and vibrant. Everything seemed
to be just right. My horses seem to have a little spunk
back in them and of course pony seemed to be doing a
little better too. I guess everything worked out just
right you see a little bit of doctoring, a homemade
cowboy remedy and it fixed him right up. All he wanted
was some sugar. Horses spoiled on sugar cubes he is.
Thatís ok I like to spoil them.
We got another 19 miles rode that day and I got a lot
of pain here on my ass! I wouldnít want everybody to
think I wasnít having a jolly full of a good time. Where
else in America can you sit down and watch two bald
Eagles fight over a dead jack rabbit. That was the
funniest thing Iíd ever seen in my life.
The day that followed was pretty decent as well (The
31st JUNE). It was a cheerful bright
day, although I didnít get much sleep the night before.
I had a little bit of concern my horses were badly
restless. Over in the foothills there were some grizzly
bears a fussing. That kinda had me concerned even though
we were about 300 yards from them. I surely didnít like
the idea of being that close. It was kinda hard to sleep
that night. I reckon ol Dog here would let me know if
something was creeping up.
There were about 8 people in my camp last night and
that was pretty fun. These folks just come out and run
there gums. They all wanted to see who was stupid enough
to send a pony all the way across the United States. I
convinced them all over again that it was well worth it.
Itís for the kids going hungry you see. I hope this is
doing somewhat of good and bringing some kind of public
That seems to be one concern of mine
that itís not getting out there enough. Nobodies paying
this thing no mine. I rest assure that if one person
tells another and they tell someone, by god it be no
time before the whole country know it. I personally
myself donít want any fame from it but what I do want is
someone to reach out and help somebody in need.
On the first I got up
pretty early in the morning. I did pretty good that day
and rode for 23 miles. I have endured everything on this
ride that the human body can stand. Iíve endured extreme
heat, drought, extreme cold, hungry, fatigue and extreme
soreness. Iíve experienced all to well the loneliness on
open range. But rest assure on this Iíll keep pluggin
right along kicking my horse right up. We are going to
get across this country yet!
Yesterday was a real interesting day I actually
crossed and beat my barrier. 1,903 miles was my record
in 2002. Yesterday I beat that record and I have crossed
1,904 miles. I rightly donít recall how many days Iíve
been on this ride. Iíll have to sit down and figure it
out. Thereís an American Flag exactly where I stepped on
the 1,904 mile. It kinda brought tears to my eyes to
think that I ridden all this way knowing I was helping
some young kid.
Today is July 4th and Iíve ridden
only 16 miles but this country side is getting a little
rough and Iím tuckered out If ya all wondering how I
remember all this I been taking me some notes. By
keeping these notes I donít forget too much of anything.
Iím pretty good at that now. Iíve been keeping a
journal; after all I got to know where Iíve been in
Happy 4 th of July America!
June 27, 2005 5:02am
Well good morning America. I guess after a couple of
days taking it easy and not working these horses to
awful hard, were in for a da gone hell of a day riding.
Everythingís going just fine. I just had to take a few
days off for a little bit of relaxation and get my
things in order. It was a good time to let my ponies get
some rest too. Got tons of supplies and took care of
some matters. Everythingís back together like it ought
I guarantee Iím looking forward to riding this
morning. I canít wait to get this thing over with. Itís
been a long, awful hard ride. Been real nice getting up
early every morning to see all these beautiful Dawns but
it sure would be nice to sleep in every once in awhile.
I guess if I did that Iíd let laziness catch up to me.
Donít have time for that.
Well the horses are packed and ready to go. Weíre
gonna try to get 25 miles in today. Anybody out there
following this on the site if you would give me a little
nudge, some little word of encouragement it sure would
be sweet. Sure does pick up the pace of life. Would make
me know Iím not doing all this for nothing. I reckon
weíd better get of this telegraph and do the things we
gotta do this morning. I hope that everybody out there
is just bright and beautiful and smiling as they should
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Friday June 24, 2005 5:40am
Good morning America I hope that everybodyís doing
just fine this bright and beautiful morning that it is.
On my end of the world last night was a little bit odd.
I didnít even as much hear a hoot owl. Dead silence
throughout the entire night. I didnít get much sleep
last night we were up pretty late. We had quite a few
people around our camp. Bruce Sedgwick he told me I
should be crossing some kind of big ranch sometime
today. Iíll be on a big cattle spread which is pretty
interesting actually itíll give me a chance to walk
through a herd of cows It will be nice to see a little
something different that what Iíve been seeing for the
last few weeks. I guess on top of that it will change
the scenery just a piece.
Everythingís going well. Horses seem to be a little
restless this morning. By God it is an awful pretty
morning. The sky is bright orange as can be. Aww things
are going real good. I donít have any complaints. Iím
going to try to get 20 miles in today. Iíll give you a
call this afternoon and let you know where Iíll be
Ya all take care and god bless
Thursday June 23, 2005 3:00pm
Horses are doing well. Funny thing happen this today
when I went to put my horses pack on. He went to bucking
crazy. I didn't realize it at the time but there were
stickers on it. Everything just went to flying, forks,
spoons, and my bedroll. I lost an hour this morning
trying to get everything back together.
Really no other problems accept my support truck. We
had to leave it behind. It's literally sitting up on
open range in the middle of nowhere. Don't know what
were going to do. I can't get any supplies brought to me
like shoeing, my eats and even the horses feed. That
does stir a big dilemma for us.
It was great to be at camp last night. We had about
15 locals with us around the fire. We told stories all
night. A lovely lady, Ellis Emmett, brought me a home
cooked meal. She went through a lot of trouble cooking
meatloaf, mashed potatoes, biscuits the whole bit. It
The weather is just great, nothing but blue skies,
rolling hills and cool nights. It is hilly but not to
steep or rough. I'm fairly close to Bozeman will
continue to go north.
Wednesday June 22, 2005 5:05am
Why good morning ya all I hope that everybodyís doing
just well. The worlds dismissing me thinking Iíd gone
and died somewheres, well Iím back. My God almighty,
Iíll rest assure here it was an awful long ride across
that dang gone canyon floor. I think it was something
close to about 60-70 miles across. Iím up now where I
can get a little reception and give you guys a fairly
good report. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday was a
rather interesting set of days. It sorta went something
like this: you see each and every morning I was up
before the crack ass of Dawn rest assure. About 4:00-
5:00 a clock every morning before the sun come up Iím
putting my pack saddles together and getting my horses
ready. Checking their feet, teeth and making sure
everythingís looking just right. I swing across the
saddle at about 5:30 and off we go. With the exception
of the high plain grass nothing really held us back. I
did see quite a few rattlesnakes and that had me a
little bit concerned. I actually think it was me that
mustarded them up. In the evening times they all go away
but it seems like itís only right smack in the middle of
the day when they show there faces. I think thatís just
cause it gets real warm up there sitting on the grass.
Friday while I was watching the elk I was just
sitting there wondering to myself just how long it was
gonna be before I got across to where I seen some
Saturday rode about 22 miles. I know we swallowed up
a lot of miles that day but hell we were feeling alive
and vibrant. It was pretty rough day only that I was all
alone and getting rather bored and my horse wasnít
talking back to me.
I reckon that Sunday was a pretty interesting day for
the mere fact I slept in and didnít realize it was
getting so late until I heard my horses nickering
wanting some food. That was an odd day actually cause it
was the first day since I been on the ride that I
actually slept in and didnít want to get up.
Monday was a little bothersome to me even though we
made good mileage and time.
By God Almighty, I guarantee I was trout myself a
little bonkers, a little crazy. You could only talk to
your horses for so long. Damn Dog he donít never listen
to ya neither, I aint never seen anything like it in all
my day. Itís a pretty interesting thing to see Dog chase
jack rabbits through the field. Itís my only kick out
her. He aint caught him nothing yet and itís a damn good
thing I got dog food in the pack saddle.
Everything seem to being going real well, at least
Iím back at main camp. Iím awful glad to be around
people. Letís see here the horses are in great shape Iím
in great shape. I rightly donít know where Iím at this
minute. Iíll have more of a better location this
afternoon when I see the crew. We are going to go try to
find them to get some supplies.
Friday June 17, 2005 11:00am
Things are going fine,
once in the valley I guarantee I wonít get reception.
Iím looking down into the basin. It is so absolutely
beautiful out here. The view on top of this hillside is
spectacular. It kinda looks like a volcano but with
grass. Not sure yet if Iím going to lose days going down
into this basin. Have no idea when Iíll get out, looks
like itís about 40 miles long. Itís very grassy and
flat, it will be a nice indeed.
I rode about 17 miles today. Iíve seen mountain
wolves and saw about a 100lb mountain cat. Real cool
today, I can see still see snow on the mountains. Weíve
crossed some melt creeks, makes it real nice for the
horses to have some cool water. Iíll make camp tonight
on this hillside. Jason and Bruce are trying to scout
the way and bring me supplies. Found a pig trail that I
could take to meet up with them.
Someone called me and said they heard an announcement
about my ride on 95.5 KWNR. Thatís the country station
in Las Vegas. Thank you Mr. Bob Bishop and everybody
Friday June 17, 2005 5:15 am
Pretty interesting evening last night, it was kinda
funny you see. I stretched my bedroll down on the
ground, laid my head down and went to sleep. Next thing
you know woke up this morning with cattle all around me.
It was kinda funny, you see cause Iíd been all across
this range and hadnít seen the first head of cow. Now
all of a sudden Iím standing amongst them! I heard a
couple cows a balling, and it kinda startled me during
the middle of my sleep so I jumped up thinking somebody
was just here to attack me. I Rolling around and
scrambling for a flashlight to see what in the heck was
about to get a hold of me. That ol cow was just sitten
there balling chewing her cud. (Laughfter) Aw heck it
was funny. I guess you had to be there. Yeah I guess I
ended up camping in someoneís ranch last night. Donít
rightly know whose but I can tell you I aint crossed a
fence in many weeks. Itís either open range country or
some ones got an awful big spread.
Iíll get on my pony this morning and keep going as
soon as I get my horses fed. . Iíll probably get back to
you later today. I have a feeling wonít get reception in
this valley for the next couple of days.
Ya all have yourself a real good day now.
Thursday June 16, 2005 3:00pm
Howdy and hope everybody's doing great. Did about
twenty miles yesterday, well that's what my horse told
me! I'm in Montana now, still pretty hilly. The
mountains aren't as steep as Idaho so it should be
It was pretty lonely around camp last night. Got ate
up by chiggers (-note-another word for bed bugs). Those
dang gone critters got in my bed role and must been
playing tennis up in there. Woke up this morning and by
God it was cold! But better than being so hot as I was down there
passing Las Vegas .
Seen wild mustangs boy they didn't know what to think
of my horse when they saw his packs on. I aint seen no
Indians yet and from what they tell me this is Indian
Country! (Ha). All day yesterday and today I've been on
a trail. It looks like an old wagon run from about 100
Leo, LB and Cash (my horses) are doing just great,
had to do an emergency shoe replacement today but
overall I think were all feeling a bit rested and better
I sure wish I had done this ride back East where
there are more towns,and people instead of so much open
range. It's days where I don't see people and I think
how is this going to help if I can't talk to noone and
tell them why I'm out here riding. Sometime I think it
just might all be a waste. So I need ya all to tell as
many people as you can.
Email everyone you know, lets get this thing
going. I want to say a hearty thanks to all for visiting
the site, and for your donations. It doesn't
have to be much with just a couple dollars, it'd do a
lot of good. You can also bring non-perishable
foods if you like down to Absolute Computing call them
at 702 914 3431 to arrange it down there in Las
Vegas , NV.
With your help this could this won't have to be a
Adios and God bless all.
Wednesday June 15, 2005
Well good morning; I hope this quick update here on
the trail finds everyone doing good and well. . Itís
awful chilly this morning, aw heck just another nice
I reckon all things are going all right out here and
I aint got no reason to complain. I got an exact
location on me Ö.Iím in the middle of America! (Ha ha)
Iím down in the Valley somewhere in Idaho or Montana not
quite sure which. Iím headed to Boseman or at least
through that there general direction. Iím trying my best
to get through this. Iím having some problems getting
thorough this rough country you see. Itís pretty rocky
and jagged. I turned back around NE hoping to get to
flatter, hilly country side. Iím riding horses not
mountain goats! I guarantee theyíd sure appreciate it if
I got on something flatter, Iím assured.
Havenít seen the main campsite in a few days and I
probably wonít see them for a couple more. I try to get
on a high hilltop to see about getting reception on this
phone. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesnít. If
anyone happens to call, to see how Iím doing, just leave
a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can
get a good signal.
Aw, as I said all things are going fairly well. The
good Lord has given me fresh air to wake up to and the
scenery is just uncanning to any Iíve every seen. I
reckon I better nibble on this biscuit and getty up on
this ride so I can put this day behind me. Got to try to
get some miles and stay alive. All things going were I
need to be, I reckon
Well you all have yourself a right wonderful day and
Iíll catch you on the other side and leave another word
or two. Hopefully this message gets to ya all.
Tuesday June 14, 2005 5:15am
Just a quick message from out in the middle of no
where, things are going rather well. There might just be
a small problem. The horses, just like me, are starting
to show a little bit of fatigue. I think thatís just
going to be normal. Weíre all just getting a little
tired. There eating very good and getting
plenty of water. I on the other hand have probably lost
a pound or two. Iíll have to keep on eye on that. I
might just have to take a day or two off and let them
So far the weather is good and I canít really
complain about that. Sat around the campfire last night,
didnít get much sleep though. Donít know why, maybe lack
of proper rest, just a lot going on out here and I
suppose everythingís taking a tole on me too. I do miss
the coyotes howling all night long maybe that has
something to do with it. They sure do have a beautiful
sound but at the same token itís enough to drive you
crazy when youíre trying to get some sleep.
Not much more to report, will give you update a
little later on.
Ya all take care and adios
Saturday June 11, 2005 6:30am
Well I guess I underestimated how long it would take
me to get into the big sky country of Montana. Seems to
me this mountain range is going to hold me up for about
another week or so. Itís a slow moving process going up
and down these jagged rough mountains.
We got a campfire going up here now. I reckon weíll
roast some marshmallows and have some good ol fashion
fun! I donít think kick the can is going to work on this
rough ground. So looks like cow patty golf will be the
choice of activity tonight. Seems like the thing to be
doing. Itís kind of keeping these ol boys pretty
We got a few locals sitting around camp, Rusty Gigs,
Dent Holloway. There local hands that came up to sit a
spell around the campfire and of course tell a bunch of
tales. It sure has been great, all these folks coming to
see what Iím doing out here. Sure love having the
Itís been interesting the last couple of days. I got
one of my support trailers back up here and Iím pretty
proud of that. Without the trailer we wouldnít be able
to get supplies as needed. Iíll be taking off from camp
on Monday and going across country again. Be using my
pack saddles, camp gear, for about the next 6 or 7 days.
Itís pretty nice at times but sometimes it gets awful
lonely. You start learning to talk to your horses and
hope by god theyíll answer you back.
Needless to say everythingís going pretty good. The
ponies are real jolly and happy, got themselves a belly
full and thatís enough to keep them quite. I sure am
thankful that somebody invented these things called
hobbles, that way we donít have to tie them up at night.
Ol dog seems to be coming right along he sure ainít
giving me any grief. He chases jack rabbits every time
one pops up. Thatís pretty fun to watch, itís my little
bit of entertainment I suppose.
Anyway Iíll keep you up to par the best that I can.
Iíll probably be out of service for a few days again. If
not Iíll give you a bunch of rundowns another day. I
believe the best quote of the day is ďwhen out on open
range donít squat over your spurs!Ē
Friday June 10, 2005
BrrrrrrÖ.what a chilly night it was but by god it
felt awful good. I guarantee you its pretty nice out
here on the trail. When I first started I was gushing in
sweat now Iím trying to cover up to keep my bundle from
getting so cold. Hey I guess itís a lot better than
I reckon there aint much to report being that I gave
it to you all yesterday. Today Iím going to try to do my
best to see if I can get 25-27 miles in. Iíll be in
Montana here in a day or so. I tell ya itís been a
pretty interesting ordeal so far the only bad thing
about all this is Montana is going to be the longest
ride yet. That there is some pretty flat country but it
sure would be nice to get out of this Idaho thatís for
sure! Everythingís seems to be going real well. I was
able to get a good night sleep last night, well sort of
didnít hear no critters through out the whole night. I
reckon thatís because itís to dan cold, they were all
plum out of sight.
Well I leave ya all with a piece of cowboy philosophy
when using the restroom outside make sure that you donít
squat on your spurs cause I Ďv been told it would awful
hurt. Ya all have a fine day, ya hear
June 9, 2005 3:00pm
Sorry itís been so long we werenít able to get
service out here for the last several days. Havenít been
feeling well, been sick all week with a cold. I am
feeling better today was finally able to get some cold
medicine in me. Everybodyís doing well. The horses are
great, just as strong as can be. The terrains real hilly
and rough but were doing about 22-27 miles a day. Were
pushing real hard and doing well.
We broke camp real early this morning
about 4:30am. A lot earlier than normal but it was so
nice out just couldnít resist. Thank goodness we got
into some cool weather, even saw snow up here in Twin Falls. Thank
goodness, itís a nice change since we were in the
Valley. Had a bit of trouble crossing over Snake River,
the river was pretty stout. Itís absolutely beautiful
out here all kinds of wildlife: deer, gofers
jackrabbits. We saw a herd of about fifteen elk.
Itís been real nice to see fresh, friendly faces.
Weíve had people on horses following us, and coming to
the campsites. Real interesting, some of them are real
cowboys and some of them are city folks. Itís been real
nice talking to all of them. Last night there were about
10-15 people gathered around the campfire. We were all
telling stories and playing games, like poker, kick the
can and even a little cow patty golf. Course we had to
improvise and use horse manure cause there ainít no cows
I want to thank Hitchin Post for all the additional
custom built-ins you added. The extra built in hay rack
on top of the trailer has made a few less trips into
town. Thanks for the custom grill and generator, Iíve
been able to have some decent cooking out here on the
trail. Itís been a godís sake. Thank you.
Right now weíre about 4 days N.E. of Twin Falls,
Idaho. Not sure what direction Iíll head towards next.
Iím trying to find a way out of here the terrain is way
to dang rough. I may just go up towards Missoula, but
right now Bozeman looks like it might be bit flatter and
Well Iíll check in and let ya all know where Iím at
and how things are doing. So far everythingís just hunky
dory. Adios, and have a good day.
Thursday June 2, 2005 5:19am
Well howdy do and good morning. Just a little quick
trail update: My ponys are doing great. Iím awful tired
I feel like Iíve been beat with a baseball bat till I
was plumb, raw tender meat. Fact of the matter is these
range out here are really rough, tough and extremely
dry. The heat is unbearable; itíll cook you inside and
out. I reckon that above all things that I got my health
and my ponys are still picking um up and stepping out.
That makes me feel real proud of them and also
Weíve done pretty good out here on
this ride. Weíve brought public awareness of the hungry
children as well as battered women and children.
The poverty thatís in this Country is unmistakably
shameful. I just donít rightly understand why anybody in
this great, great, beautiful land we live in couldnít
take in a kid or help a parent out whenever they needed
a little help. Where did neighborly affection go that we
use to have so many years ago. Now itís all about me,
nobody takes the time to realize that the ones that are
suffering are the children.
I donít rightly have much to say about the ride
today. Iím on open range, my God almighty itís been a
long way indeed.
I want to thank Absolute Internet and all its
employees who are involved with the website, from the
bottom of my heart. Without you I couldnít make this a
public awareness ride. Without you it wouldnít be as
easy for people to find out information about what Iím
doing. Iíll get pictures out to you, just as fast as I
can get to a town.
Goodbye America. God Bless
Wednesday June 1, 2005 5:30am
Well good morning everybody. I
hope this message finds everybody with a big fat,
beautiful smile on their face with anticipation that
everythingís going well out here on the trail. I donít
reckon Iíve got to many awful issues to complain about.
I did pretty good yesterday, covered some rough country
but made real good miles. My ponies are really doing
good. The health of the ponies is extraordinary. I canít
get over the fact that these horses can do all this and
still be as stout and strong as they are. I know Iím
tired from just sitten! I think were doing pretty good
on the time and distance. I know Iím about 100 miles
further than what I was a week or so ago. That makes me
feel real good. Iím pretty sure Iím about 800 miles into
this ride. Donít know for sure; guess I wonít know until
I can get to my support trucks. All the support trucks
are setting up camp right now and Iím trying to ride to
it. Make long story short weíll get to it just as fast
as we can.
Iím actually enjoying some of the scenery out here.
The sunrises are absolutely spectacular. They are so
stunning and gorgeous. The sunsets are just as
beautiful, it makes it all worth it. Just to think the
good lord put all this here on Earth for us to
Well letís talk about the campaign itself. The
campaign sounds like itís getting a little bit of notice
from the presses and stuff like that and that makes me
feel real good. Iíve always had the thought that even if
this ride produced one can of food to help just one kid
it would all be worth it. I wouldnít care how far Iíd
have to go as long as I was able to help one kid. It
sure has brought out a little bit of notice because
these are folks out there that are paying attention to
whatís going on and that makes me feel real good deep
I want to thank all the people at Absolute
Internet Marketing for making it possible for
everyone to log onto the site and be kept updated.
Thanks Davidís Western Wear for producing the
t-shirts to generate the money thatís been coming in to
help us get across this country. Its peoples like them
and the saddle companies that built all the equipment to
make this happen.
If it wasnít for Saw Tooth Saddles and Dry Fork
Saddle Co. and everyone else this ride would not be
possible. My hats off to all them, matter fact my hats
off to everyone thatís been helping this ride one way or
another. Thank you all very much. God bless ya all.
Iím going to try to get about 30 miles today so Iíll
see ya all later. Ya all have yourself a real god day.
Adios and happy trails.
Tuesday May 31, 2005 at 5:21am
Hi and good morning America. Itís surely good to hear
everybodyís doing well and great out there. Sure enough,
I reckon Iíd better give you an update. Lets see here
for some reason I got terrible service out here and
thatís why Iíve not been able to call in for quite a few
days. With not having any service its really hard to
reach out and touch somebody but as the saying goes Ēcan
you hear me now?Ē
Hey I want to tell you a little of what happened
Friday after the ride. We went down to load up one of
the rigs and go back to town to get supplies and some
things we needed taking care of. We went to visit a good
friend over there at Matoris RV. Freddie B and Miss Pat.
Freddie B and Miss Pat, thank you very very much for
sponsoring us they have one of the best, luxury RV sales
place you can go to . They supplied us with a RV so that
we can get in every once in awhile off the range and get
a hot shower and a soft bed to sleep in and get a little
bit of rest. They sure have donated quite a bit to this
thing and without them it would be a real rough thing
out here. My personal thanks to ya all I appreciate it.
Thanks very much for becoming pretty good friends, it
means an awful lot. If ya all are looking for an RV or
something even close to that line, rent one for the
weekend or for a week vacation. That would be the place
to go. Go see Freddie B and Miss Pat at Matoris RV.
Saturday was a pretty uneventful day, sat around the
campfire pretty late but I did get some riding in.
Twenty-six miles on Friday and twenty-four Ĺ miles on
Saturday. Horses are all doing well. Sunday we had a
real good day, actually it was a real interesting day, a
day of rest. Ah we rode about ten miles and I got off
the pony and walked about a mile. I decided just to stop
right there. I threw my bed roll out on the ground and
took me a nap. My God before ya know it, it was already
dark. I guess I kinda blown the whole day.
Ah lets see here Monday was Veterans
Day opps I mean it was Memorial Day and by God al mighty
I guarantee you this I was feeling pretty lazy then. I
only rode about twenty-one miles. I made off pretty good
Friday when we went back to town it
was pretty good for us because I sure did need the
supplies. Now that it looks like Iím going to be out on
open range for about 4-5 days. Cell phone service been
real hard to get out here I really donít know where Iím
at. I know Iím South of Wells and North of Ellie. Iím
out in the middle of nowhere. Iím trying my best to get
back towards a little bit of civilization to wear I can
see a car or two. Being out here in these high peaks,
these mountains itís kinda lonely from time to time. I
aint figured out if my horses have learned to talk so
where they can keep me company. Ol dog seems to be doing
real good. He just lays around and trails around with
The crew is doing real well. Right now for the first
time I donít have anybody with me. I imagine here in a
day or two things will start picking back up. All my
hands are back in there at main camp. Iím hopen to heck
to find main camp in a day or two. Ya all have yourself
a very good day. By the way the GPS that was donated to
me by Hartman Craft Store has been real good.
Thursday May 26, 2005 2:20pm
Da gone its awful da gone hot out here in open range.
Hottest da gone day. Update for this afternoon, being
that we had a little excitement out here. It was kinda
rather funny. Ya see because I believe that a
rattlesnake scared my pony. Oh boy he heard the rattlers
going and off he went bucking an a snorten across the
desert floor. Boy it was something to see. Hey I reckon
ol LD he got a few stiff hairs for there just a moment.
I guarantee you it kinda worried me. It was awful funny
because all the pack and tack went everywhere, you aint
seen anything like this before I guarantee.
Well heck itís another day out on the open range, dry
throated that I am. I guarantee them ol cowboys a 100
years ago pushen cows out here I donít see how they
survived. Oh this miserable heart.
Well I reckon thatís enough rattlin for now maybe
from time to time Iíll call in and leave you something
that will make you smile instead of frown. Itís awful
cute, you see because I believe in brightening up
another fellas day. Make me feel good inside. Top of the
Day, God bless and happy trails.
Thursday May 26, 2005 5:26am
Well good morning ya all, ohh itís just me again
right just straight from the trail. I reckon
everythingís going pretty good as predicted. I was able
to get twenty miles down yesterday. All things went real
well. Aw the scenery really starting to be real green
out here. Itís so da gad blessen hot. Itís still real
Ah lets see here to start with the horses are doing
really well. Everythingís going as good as it ought to
be. Seems to me like Leo wanted to throw his shoe
yesterday and it kinda but a damper on things for about
and hour or two while we got anew shoe but on him. Were
running a little low on hay and feed right now but
everything will be coming right back together here come
in a couple days. Were going back in for supplies. I
donít really have much to report outside of that, it is
just a regular standard day. We got right bright up
early in the morning and rode twenty miles just as I
wanted. We quit about 3:00. We started coming into camp
and course it was nice to have a nice comfortable cool
place to sit in the shade. I donít particularly think
that we are going to have any problems today Iím gonna
try to get about 20-25 miles today. Like I said the open
range is awful perty. We didnít hear any critters last
night like we been hearing to for the last few nights.
That was a pretty nice site actually to be honest with
ya because we got a little bit of sleep because it was
quite or just flat right exhausted. All things are going
I want to thank Kelsey King for coming out. Seems to
me he took an awful lot of time out of his day and out
of his schedule to take a bunch of pictures of us so
that we could have something for the trail. It was awful
nice of him. He did an excellent job, hey my hats off to
Anyway havenít been receiving too many phone calls
about the ride and itís kinda lonely out here from time
to time. Even though you gathered up with these same
folks, it be the same routine over and over and every
once in awhile a phone call is pretty nice to have to
break the monotony of everything. Maybe things a pick up
here or there. I hope people are a least enjoying the
website and the updates on the website. Ya all have a
good morning and I hope that everything goes will for ya
all today. God bless you and God bless America, happy
Wednesday May 25th 5:01 am
"Well I guess its time I get up I reckon
day with the a new ride
I better get some biscuits in
me, some coffee maybe ill revive."
Well good morning America, its me once again, given
ya a report from the trail , where all things are fun
and it seems like the pain never comes to an end
Oh lets see here.. This morning is the 25 th last
night we rode 17 miles we didnít ride as far as we
normally would as it was a hot hot miserable day.
Of the course the temp changes out here in the
desert, its extremely hot one day and hotter again the
next, thatís a terrible thing, the weather forecast
called for a little over cast, but heck we didnít see
I reckon I could be as good as most those weathermen,
let me see.. today is going to be scattered daylight and
hot , tonight is going to me mostly dark and cool.
Anyway all the ponies are doing great, we have no
problems there, I didnít eat much supper last night my
apatite wasnít there.
Every thing is going good with all the hands, Bruce
hunter is doing really good, we picked up another rider
by the name of mike Guss, He has a great pony its going
to take a lot to untrack him. Every one seems to like
him, he just kind of showed up on the ride.
We got all our saddles packed up and ready to go, I
donít see why we cant make 20 miles today, the horses
are feeling pretty energetic this morning.
The other night we had the coyotes howling all night
long, last night we had a hoot owl just blowing his horn
all night long so not much sleep there either. Still he
was better than coyotes
Every thing seems to be going pretty good time wise
on the ride, I started April 26 th and tomorrow is May
26 th so its catching up here. Every thing has been
pretty much routine, get up before the sun comes up, get
your saddle all together, get your kack all together,
and once you get that together you eat a little
breakfast and then your gone.
Iím out on open range right now and I reckon Iím
going to be out here for a while as the next town we are
going to hit will be wells Nevada, if we can get to
wells it will almost be the Ĺ way mark.
From Wells we are going to kick over and try head
towards the Uenta Mountains and try and cross those,
itís a heck of a ways away.
My back side seems to be a little sore this am, but
heck its all worth it, its for all the battered wives
and shelters and kids of America.
Ill catch ya all later
Tuesday May 24th 5:30 am
Good morning America,
A Quick Update today, we had no, 0, nada, zip sleep
last night at all... the reason coyotes. There must have
been a pack of 20 of them up there howling away all
night long. They startled the horses something good.
So no sleep and we press on today, look out ELY here
Monday May 23rd 5:30 am
WE covered 28 miles yesterday, and now we are about 1
day out from Ely and all is going well.
Our horses are getting a little stressed out here
from the heat and so are we, man its hot, I heard that
they broke records in Vegas and in parts of AZ this past
weekend. 104 F +
We had a great collection of money and non perishable
foods last night from a group of locals at one of our
stops, its nice to see how generous the people of
America are when it comes to looking after a needy cause
in our own country. We managed to fill 1/2 a pickup
truck full of food. Thank you to all who we met and
donated. God Bless you.
The Ground is getting rocky and the territory is a
bit brutal. We actually saw some rattlers last night; I
am told that this is the time of the year that they
become active. We are just hoping that neither we nor
our horses get bitten.
Last night for dinner we cooked our selves some fresh
rabbit we caught, we made rabbit dumplings in our Dutch
ovens, they were mighty tasty.
Every one is upbeat and in a great mood, we have to
say that Bruce is keeping our spirits up every day; that
man works him self to the bone...
Well thatís all for now. We will talk again tomorrow
Friday May 20 th
Last Night was pretty interesting. We slept out in a
pasture with some cattle and woke up to some very
curious cows staring at us.
Yesterday was a beautiful day but it was hot, I guess
we should expect that in the desert, and to top it off I
hear its going to get hotter over the weekend.
All the horses are doing great. We just got done
shopping for more groceries its about time we were
heading out of here as its 5:30 am a bit later than we
expected. I would surely have loved to have slept in a
bit more but we got a ride to get moving. Still it is
nice to sleep in every now and then,
The ride is taking a toll on us slowly but surely,
not so much the long days in the saddle or anything like
that just that it can be repetitious out there on the
road. You donít feel like you have made much head way at
all but when we hear from you it helps us a lot.
We covered 21 miles yesterday North of Alamo and are coming close to Ely. We are staying at main camp
I will call in some more updates Monday or Tuesday,
some times its hard to get reception on this cell phone
Have a great weekend
Thursday May 19 th
Got into camp today at 4pm (a bit later that we
Cash (a little stud colt) thru a shoe so we had to be
real gentle getting him back so we could get him re
shoed. That is the main reason we were late. But I will
never compromise our horses to make a deadline, because
without them we wouldnít be doing this. They are treated
as one of us.
Anyway somewhere along the line I must have lost my
coat because I canít find it anywhere, it must have
fallen off the horse back down the ride. Man I hope it
doesnít rain; there is nothing worse than a wet
Last night we had a awesome supper.. Country fried
chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob
and even some home made corn bread, all cooked in a
Dutch oven and to top it off a little peach cobbler for
afters . There is nothing like eating under the stars,
ill take this any day over some fancy restaurants.
Everything else is going great and I will talk to you
Wednesday May 18 th
We are going to try to ride at least 30 miles today
so we can get to Ely Nevada
That way we can get some badly needed rest and
supplies. Our biggest problem at the moment is water..
as you can imagine there are not many houses along the
great basin highway and even less watering sprikets. So
the quicker we can get into Ely the better.
Other to that not much happening, horses are in great
shape and so are the crewÖ just looking forward to some
I would like to take this time out to say a big thank
you to one of our sponsors D Bar J Hats (702 362
4287) they supplied all out hats for this ride
and are we surly grateful for that. From the ones with
the extra wide brims to the aerated ones.. They help
keep us cool and keep the sun off.
Tuesday May 17 th
This morning started off the same way as yesterday,
however we did have some mighty fine steak around the
campfires what a treat.
We even had some local residents on the great basin
highway bring us some pie. I tell ya there are some very
nice people up here, we have truly enjoyed their company
and hearing their concerns and stories around the
Some of the residents even bring us canned food once
they hear about what our cause is all about and how we
are aiming to help orphanages and local battered womenís
shelters etc. We would like to thank them and all our
sponsors for that.
Well it looks like their could be rain later in the
day so we are all packing our slickers with us.. imagine
that rain in the desert in May.. Sure hope it misses
More Updates tomorrow.
Monday May 16 th
It sure felt good to get back on the road again. We
are all a little tired after the weekend all the big
events in Vegas put a strain on us all. But we are
rested up now and are glad to be back in the saddle.
Monday was a really nice day. All the horses are
doing great. Last night we had a visit from a BLM
officer who had a talk with us about the dangers of
campfires seeing that the desert is so dry at the
moment. We showed him that we were compliant with all
his requests and that we would continue to be so as we
progressed north. Cant say I blame him for being
concerned, what with all the wild fires and the
It seems the Bruce is now a comedian, or at least he
thinks he isÖ J He gets up early every am and gets the
horses all saddled up and ready to role, but this
morning he put some grapes or some fruit under my horses
saddle, so when we sat on it we noticed some red liquids
coming out from under the horses, we panicked and ripped
off the saddles thinking that there was something wrong
with our animals. When we looked over at Bruce he was
rolling on the ground laughing. Said he hadnít laughed
that hard in years..
Glad he is having fun, (nice one Bruce)Ö More updates
May 13th: Got into bolder City
Today, Calling this in from Mc Donaldís.. Itís the first
time we have seen a restaurant of any sorts since we
started and yes while its fast food, itís still good. We
have seen a lot of open range since this trip started so
its nice to get close to home.
So Far we have covered 540 miles and man are we sore
No Injuries thank God. All 8 horses are getting along
great. Tomorrow May 14th we take part in the Helldorado
Parade in las vegas, to help las vegas celebrate 100
years of existence.
. We are Number 5 in the parade so keep a eye out for
We would like to take this time out to thank out sponsors.
You all have been a great help to us.
April 30th - May 12th.
(We are working on getting updates for these days,
due to a problem with voicemail, some of the updates
were lost, but we are working on getting them back for
you). We can report however that we were in lake Havasu
this weekend. And will be in Bolder City Nevada Next
Today has been an uneventful day, riding along the
Colorado river, seeing beautiful wildlife, I can only
imagine that this is what it was like back in the day of
the wild west. Funny now how our west has become chock a
block with cars and homes, still itís nice to get away.
Its been pretty laid back this past 2 days and we are
all getting along well. The horses are starting to
untrack at last.
We are starting to make up some time and miles,
"picking them up and putting them down" as they would
say in the cowboy world.
When we finish up for the day we find our selves
taking in the stars and sitting around the camp fire,
playing cards eating beans and hot dogs and just
chatting about the days events.
Sleep is getting better day by day as the whole crew
is getting into the swing of things.
Three Days Into the ride and so far no major problems
to report other than the horses getting used of us and
well us getting used of them. The days are long and
tough, but it s the thoughts of raising money for the
kids that keeps up going. We keep meeting wonderful
people form time to time on the ride and would love to
see more of you.
We woke this am at 3:30 am, 1/2 Hour Later than
expected, we are all very worn down but its not from the
riding, its from the lack of sleep. We are still worried
about the horses, i guess its just a matter of getting
them broke loose once they get used of being in the
Grub is good. We have taken the Route along the
After Riding 21miles today, we made cap at 3pm in the
afternoon, the afternoon sun is very hot we want to make
sure that we donít over do it the first few days. All
our horses are now unsaddled and this is the first time
we have been able to make cap with all out supplies and
rigs. Jason my co rider seems to be very tired but is
fighting on like a true cowboy.
Bruce Hunter our wrangler is also working his fingers
to the bone, I tell ya without theses people here and
our sponsors none of this would be possible, God Bless
This evening we got the horses all feed. LB's
problems seem to have been fixed, we rand a halter down
to his hobbles that we he couldnít jump or buck off to
far, it was tricky but it worked.
Date: April 26th:
Today The Ride Started: We Untracked Our Horses and
took off, our first major problem was getting the horses
to stick together, however we got that sorted out. We
crossed the border form Mexico into the USA this am.
There is nothing but beautiful scenery down here. We are
all very excited about getting the ride going.