For years everyone has suggested that we do more ranch riding and get off the highway. Well, here it is!!!
There will be ranch & county roads that are not maintained, washed out roads and in some cases no roads at all! There are two tough climbs on the Knight Canyon Ranch that takes us to the top of the divide along Hwy 158 in Sterling County, (where all the wind turbines are located). As the saying goes “Everything that goes up, must come down”, there is a decent off the divide leaving the 4D Ranch, that most likely will require great wagon brakes along with a long rope to help hold you back. Day 1 ﬁnds us with a very easy going route, while Day 2 will be a 19 mile trek across the Spade Ranch where we will have to cross the Colorado River and depending on the rain fall the river could either be a trickle or 50 feet wide. Day 3 is a very short day with only 10 miles, but is includes a very long steep climb that is on slick asphalt with no shoulders. We suggest borium shoes. This asphalt was used here because of all the oil ﬁeld trucks that use this county road to get back to several ranches. We may have to help most wagons up this hill, will just have to wait and see, but we will be prepared for whatever is needed.
Day 4 will be the toughest day on the ride. It’s 25 miles with no support vehicles following. Lunch/Snacks will be carried in one of the wagons. This day will be from can see to can’t see, it will be a beautiful ride up and down several valleys. BRAKES MUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE!!!!
Not wanting to scare anyone, but if your equipment and animals are not in good shape, you may have trouble on this wagon train. You may also want to include a spare tire or ﬁx a ﬂat just in case. We will have an air compressor available.
We know that some of you travel a great distance and spend a lot of money to ride with us and we are very grateful for this show of support. We look forward to this year’s ride and seeing each of you. We hope that you will join us for great views, superb grub, and lots of fellowship. May God be with you and keep you safe during your travels.