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Day 32 to DR Ranch

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Day 32 to DR Ranch (Bob Green’s place) Today was a good day along the railroad.  I saw a lot of wildlife while climbing in elevation through the high plains.  Later in the day water became hard to find so when I unexpectedly came upon a house I stopped in to inquire about getting Shug a drink.  When I arrived at the house it seemed like I instantly went from high plains to mountain, pine meadows. When I got to the house I was greeted by Bob Green, a long time cowboy, who instantly welcomed me.  He pointed me to where I could get Sugar Flo a drink and when I returned offered me dinner and a place to stay the night.  I was fed so much I was nearly foundered, but loved every bite of the dinner they served me. Bob and I spent the rest of the evening chatting and swapping stories.  It was too soon that we realized it was getting late, but we both decided we had better go bed down for the night.  I stayed the night in the Green’s camper which was very comfy.  Bob currently raises longhorn cattle and has a gorgeous adobe house nestled in the most … Continue reading

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Day 31 Traveling in circles

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Day 31- Terry Bison Ranch and back, then down the railroad This morning I got up and gathered up Sugar Flo. As I was saddling I remembered my saddlebags were torn, so I began the job of sewing them up. I wished I would have remembered that yesterday. I finally completed that task with a little help from one of the Terry Bison Ranch cowgirls. I finally set off, only to realize that the road I planned on riding on most of the day had a cattle guard and a locked livestock gate. I rode south into Colorado only to have the road I was end at a locked gate. The railroad was nearby, so I followed it until I found a ranch road I could get onto and then rode west several miles, but soon I reached more locked gates. A man who had been dropping off some cattle came and offered me a ride out and he drove me right back to where I started at Terry Bison Ranch. I ate lunch with the guys that gave Shug and I a ride. They told me if I followed the railroad north from Terry Bison Ranch it would fork and take me all the … Continue reading

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Day 30- Terry Bison Ranch

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Day 30- Terry Bison Ranch Today I gave Shug the day off and hung out at Terry Bison Ranch. I didn’t want to just sit around all day, so I went and tried to help out at the horse barn, but they would not let me. I ended up helping move ponies, feed chickens, and gather trash all morning. In the afternoon I ate some lunch and just sat around talking to employees, since everything except the train ride was fairly slow. Most of the workers were very friendly and didn’t seem to mind me hanging around all day. I finished off the night with their restaurants famous bison burger. I have never been a fan of bison burgers in the past, but theirs was excellent. I capped off the evening with some laundry washing and visited some very nice people from Ohio and Arizona while I was there. It was late when my clothes were done, so I just went back to my room and rested.

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Day 29- Colorado to Terry Bison Ranch

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Day 29- Colorado to Terry Bison Ranch http://terrybisonranch.com/   Today was cloudy and not too hot.  The storms missed me last night, but I holed up in the shed just in case and was fairly comfortable.  There was no wood for a fire, so I ate tuna with mustard, rolled up in tortillas.  It wasn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t want to have to live on it.  I had some pears for breakfast and then headed out. I rode along highways most of the day and a fierce storm rolled in about ½ an hour before I got to Terry Bison Ranch.  Shug wanted to turn and go north in the stinging rain, but we pressed on.  SHug is pretty tired, so after much deliberation I decided to stay a couple of days at Terry Bison Ranch.  There are some strange people here, but many are very nice.  It costs a lot to stay here, but I think it is for the best.  I wish I could keep on moving, but I am afraid Shug will burn out if I don’t give him rest. They have ostriches here and Shug is terrified of them.  Today while riding I had the chance to take a great picture … Continue reading

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Day 28- West Pawnee Ranch to a shed in a pasture

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Day 28- West Pawnee Ranch to a shed in a pasture It was 90+ degrees before we were done with breakfast this morning. Paul took me out to show me some landmarks and explain how to ride cross country to Terry Bison Ranch. Paul had spent all morning calling ranchers who’s property I may cross, but it turned out that a manager of a big corporate owned ranch would not give me permission to cross their land, so that plan was scrapped. Paul made me some other directions while I saddled Sugar Flo. I then said my goodbyes and rode west. The directions worked well until I hit a gate that I was supposed to ride through to get off of private land that was chained and padlocked. I had to kind of wing it from there as I was deep in the middle of a bunch of private land and the way I was supposed to get off of it was impassable. I spoke to one man all day, who wondered if I was lost, at that point I wasn’t. I saw a lot of beautiful ranch country and a storm was brewing that caused it to cool down some and it rained on … Continue reading

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Day 27- Grover, Colorado to West Pawnee Ranch Bed and Breakfast

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Day 27- Grover, Colorado to West Pawnee Ranch Bed and Breakfast (http://www.westpawneeranch.com ) To day was a long, hot day. In the end I got to an oasis on the plains, the West Pawnee Ranch Bed & Breakfast. http://www.westpawneeranch.com/ There Shug and I got fed and housed well. I met a neighbor on the way into their place and he brought me some ointment and eyedrops fro Shug’s eye and a big bucket of grain that Shug enjoyed thoroughly. There is a lot of oil drilling going on in between Grover and the West Pawnee Ranch Bed & Breakfast, so the roads were flooded with trucks going to and from the oil wells. Several people stopped and asked me if I was lost, since this area is not very populated. I imagine they don’t get a lot of strangers riding through on a horse. Once I unsaddled and got Sugar Flo situated, Paul and LouAnn Timm, the proprietors of the West Pawnee Ranch cooked me a great dinner. Their family has been running cattle on this land since the 1950’s. After dinner I did some laundry and watched the Colorado Rockies game with the Timms. I have never stayed at a bed & breakfast before, … Continue reading

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Day 26- Pawnee Buttes to Grover, Colorado

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Day 26- Pawnee Buttes to Grover, Colorado Nice ride today to Grover.  I was able to refill my saddlebags at the local store and found the rodeo arena with no problem.  I was hoping to find some hay or grain for Sugar Flo.  So far I have not been able to track any people down that can point me in the right direction.  Currently Shug is hopping around the rodeo grounds in his hobbles, grazing.  There is water and electricity here, so that is good. Just talked to a guy and he is going to bring Shug some hay, so he’ll have a little to munch on when I put him up.  I saw the mountains on the horizon this morning, but haven’t seen them since.  I am beginning to wonder if I was just hallucinating mountains.  If they were real, they looked like they still had a bunch of snow, which makes me nervous. I should be into the mountains in about 5-7 days I estimate.  I better get on the phone with some outfitters in the mountains soon to see what is going on up there.  It seems like I should be able to make it throught the mountains as long as I … Continue reading

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Day 25- Pawnee Buttes

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Day 25- Pawnee Buttes Shug tried to go through the barbed wire fence last night.  It was too dark to properly assess the damage.  I dreamed of chunks of missing flesh, but the morning light revealed minor scratches.  I wasn’t in a big hurry this morning, thinking I would give Shug a lot of morning grazing time.  Around 8am Shug came over and stood by me and followed me around whenever I moved somewhere, so I took that to mean he was ready to go. Today seemed like it took an eternity.  I could see the buttes all day, but we didn’t arrive until 5 pm.  It was very hot today.  I was very tempted to take a dip in a few stock tanks Shug stopped to drink at, but decided that might be frowned upon. Once we got to the pawnee buttes I was pleasantly surprised.  There is much more to see than the two buttes I had been staring at all day.  The trail from the road was a great ride and I took many pictures.  I plan on taking more in the morning on the way out. I am now watching Sugar Flo graze and have come to the realization that I … Continue reading

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Day 24- The Pawnee National Grassland

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Day 24- Pawnee Grassland I rode almost ‘til dark today, which was not intentional, but places to stop are sparce in this country.  Unless you want to chance your camp getting ransacked by cattle in the middle of the night. Other than being long it was a great day.  Good weather, a lot of antelope were spotted today, and beautiful scenery.  Water has been plentiful and it seems I am on schedule.  I saw a grove of trees that looked like a good spot, but it was already inhabited by two mules and a horse.  They are huge and make Shug look like a little pony.  Luckily there was a pen inside their pasture where I could keep Shug from getting hurt by the giants.  There is hay stored in Shug’s pen, but I doubt he will mess with it since there is plenty of grass.  I am not sure on the exact mileage, but I am hoping I can camp near Pawnee Buttes tomorrow. Storms are to the east of me tonight, but the western horizon is red.  I hope it sticks to the old sailor saying, “ Red in the night, sailor’s delight.”  I am about out of daylight already, so I guess … Continue reading

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Day 23- Through the Pawnee Pass

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Day 23- Sterling to Pawnee Creek I got up and said my goodbyes to the fairground workers and began packing.  I stopped by WalMart and got a little more food for the saddlebags, mostly stuff that doesn’t need cooking since trees are becoming scarce, so a fire might not be possible most nights.  I stopped at Burger King and got some breakfast after WalMart and was interviewed by a reporter from the Sterling newspaper while I was there. I rode along the highway for a while and planned on staying on it to New Raymer, but took a detour trying to catch up with an antelope to take it’s picture and then ended up rioding through Pawnee Passand into the Pawnee Grassland,  I don’t think I will regret the decision. It is beautiful, wide open, spaces and much more relaxing than the highway.  It looks stormy north of me, but clear to the south.  I hope the storms stay away, though I do enjoy the cool breeze after a hot day.  I am starting to see new wildlife, antelope, horned toad, and a jack rabbit ( that almost scared Shug out of his skin). We also saw some llamas, which Shug is not a fan … Continue reading

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