I hope all is well and trails have been good to you.
The first half of the ride will change beginning on the U Ranch in Sterling County approximately 10 miles north of Sterling City, TX off Hwy 87 N. Keep an eye out as trail ride signs will be posted. We will be on this ranch Friday and Saturday nights, with a day ride Saturday lasting approximately 15 miles. Sunday we make our way south and will be spending the night out on a ranch (don’t worry-it won’t be on the ground), then on Monday we travel to Water Valley across several ranches and some pretty rough country, arriving in for a two night stay at Harper Park.
There will be a day ride Tuesday with schools coming out and we will once again be having a raffl e & auction. All proceeds will go to the Chuckwagon Fund! We are working towards building a new chuckwagon that better suits our needs! Wednesday is a hard day like last year back across the divide on the way to the Albert Ranch with a trip down Junior Martinez hill again. This year’s ride is a little easier with daily mileage averaging around 15 miles a day, but it does contain some pretty rough spots.
No on the ground this year, no opportunity, but you may sleep on the ground any night you want. As always, we are working on an awesome menu, however, there may be a few lunches on your own, but we will have snacks available in the mornings for you to take with you.
Charlie Bowers is back as Trail Boss with Jerry Bynum and Jeff “Bull” Rutledge as assistants; three good men who know animals and equipment. Please give them your support and respect. As you know this is a demanding job.
This time of year we know you have your choice of rides.
We try to make ours as authentic with as much cross-country riding as possible. We know our ride is different from most in that we are trying to do it the way our ancestors did. It’s not for all folks, but as long as these great ranches let us we will continue to ride the trails.
May God be with you and keep you safe during your travels.
Until then, Happy Trails!
Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker
Trail Ride Co-Chairman