The first 48 state ride: The Overland Westerners
Illustration from Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
Riding a horse around the country is pretty weird, I have to admit, but believe it or not, I’m not the first weirdo to attempt such a journey. Learn about the previous 48 state rides, and a few other “trailblazers” in long distance horse travel that inspired and informed me when I was preparing to do my ride.
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What to Listen For:
00:25 Introduction to the episode: What is a trailblazer?
01:07 LD endurance riding and backcountry outfitting, and why they’re different than long distance horse travel
02:22 What is long distance horse travel?
03:25 When horses were the only way to travel
04:40 The Oregon trail
10:10 The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
13:34 The US Cavalry handbook
16:56 The Overland Westerners
20:40 Frank Heath
25:15 Messanie Wilkins
30:58 The Three Mules
34:52 Closing statements
36:19 End of episode
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