JUN 16, 2021 @ 8:59AM
By Frank J. Buchman
“Cris and Forrest are living their dream.”
The Nevada, Missouri, horsemen left home June 1, 2021, on horseback with one packhorse headed to South Dakota’s Black Hills.
“It’s something I always wanted to do. We decided the window of opportunity was right and just took off,” said Cris Rodriquez.
“I really hadn’t even ridden horses until about two years ago. But then got into riding with Cris and here we are,” added Forrest Drury.
“We really don’t have a set route, just follow our instinct, with advice we’re given along the way,” Rodriquez admitted. They do have solar powered cell phones with maps and also use a GPS global positioning system.
Traveling an average of about 23-miles per day, the horsemen ride both major highways and country backroads.
“We try to take in as much of the different landscapes as we can,” Rodriquez said. “We have ridden up to 36 miles in a day, but that’s too much as hot as it’s getting.”
“The best part of the journey though has been meeting all of the people,” Drury insisted. “Everybody is very congenial, welcoming, interested in what we’re doing...”