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Current Ride

Greetings to those who follow the ride!

Below is the most up-to-date information on my current ride.  I try to post as often as possible but when traveling I’m limited with access to computers and the internet.

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Happy Trails  -  Your Lady Long Rider, Bernice Ende

LOOK,  Bob Dotson came out for the Today Show in September 2012.  You can see the episode by clicking HERE or on the image below:

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A Tour of Fort Edward with Bernice Ende

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2014-2016 RIDE

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           8000 mile international ride-  2014 -2016

              This is but a rough draft of my route, but it gives you some idea of where I plan to travel over the next two years.  I’m looking forward to the east coast ride. A part of our country I have longed to ride for a couple of years.  I’m sure it will not disappoint me with its beauty.   After traveling through out Canada in 2012 it left me wanting more. Claire Dog is not traveling with me this year. “You must stay home, it’s to hard for you,” I said. She none the less wanted her photo on the hand-out cards.

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April 23rd, 2015 The Boyer Residence – Lisbon, New York

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Laura Foster Director and Curator of the Remington Museum

Laura Foster Director and Curator of the Remington Museum

1-photo 1(1)  It has been a very busy stop in Ogdensburg but to leave with out visiting the Frederick Remington Museum  would have been a shame.

Both Judy Boyer and her Sister Joan Carlisle (Mr.&Mrs. Preston Carlisle are benefactors)joined me on a tour given by Laura Foster director and curator of the museum….a very informative tour of the historic home. Frederick Remington was one of the most famous artists of his time. The museum which to me felt like a sanctuary for his spectacular bronze figures, alive with action. It also shares Remingtons look at Northern New York with oils and sketches depicting  his beloved northern wilderness which I had never seen. An almost impressionist quality to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from L to R: Judy Boyer, me, Laura Foster and Judy's sister Joan Carlisle

from L to R:
Judy Boyer, me, Laura Foster and Judy’s sister Joan Carlisle

 

Last night I gave a talk at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. We had a great turn out for such short notice which Judy had quickly organized. Judy Boyer is an active 4-H leader and the entire week I have spent at her home,children have been coming in to practice their public presentation, Part of the 4-h curriculum. The competition ends at Cornell University in Ithaca,  N.Y.next month!

4-H played an important role in my childhood.  It was really ALL we did once school was out for the summer months. As farm children each of us took an animal to the fair but we also learned to sew, cook and do public presentations that would be exhibited at the county fair.  I learned for the first time the application of knowledge, the importance of presentation  and how to prepare for an event.  I’ve done many slide-show presentations for 4-H groups and have been an advocate for the organization for years.  It’s good to see after 100  years that 4-H is still alive and well!

Riley having a hard time with Montana Spirit

Riley- and Judy’s “right hand gal” member of Raindrop Roundup Club…no easy task moving Montana Spirit

                          Town and Country Veterinary Clinic

                           904 country route 4, Ogdensburg, NY.  315-393-7338

Town and Country Vets came out to take care of Vaccinations and health certificates

Town and Country Vets came out to take care of vaccinations and health certificates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raindrop Roundup 4-H members hard at work….

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Well I guess this is where I must say…”GOODBYE NEW YORK”.  On Saturday, Judy will haul (in a horse trailer) Essie, Spirit and I across the St. Lawrence River into Ontario, Canada.  With all of our necessary paper work in order, tack clean, horses rested we shall continue on with the adventure, the journey home.

I could say thank you a 1000 times and it would not be enough. My ride thur the Northeast has been heartwarming, educational, surprising and diverse. As compared to other rides it has been an easy go of it. Plenty of grass and water, plenty of places to camp. Roads were a bit tricky at times, had to haul a couple of time because of the risk some roads offered, simply not worth riding, to dangerous.  BUT TO have made it ALL THE WAY TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN! goodness it brings me to tears when I think about it. TO turn around and look behind at the 1000 of miles my two girls and I walked, traveled, endured together.

I’ll be packed light when we leave Saturday and will travel quickly across Ontario to avoid the bugs which are bound to appear anytime soon, presenting miserable riding conditions. The horses are fit, still plenty of steel on their shoes. My new heel cleats that Dick Manel made for me look like tiny horse shoes on my heels…for walking. Its good to be back out. Its good to leave feeling  hundreds of smiles, handshakes and encouragement shining on my back.

Happy Trails  Bernice

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Country Life Magazine

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Published in Country Life Magazine March 2015, www.countrylifemagazine.com

 

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Lisbon, New York – Judy Boyer residence (east of Ogdensburg) April 19th,2016

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Judy Boyer right  her sister Joan Carlisle to my left

Judy Boyer right
sister Joan Carlisle

 I rode into Judy Boyers home late Saturday afternoon. Judy came out with one of her young 4-H students to make sure I was on the correct trail.  Both Judy and Joan are well respected horsewomen in the area. Joan just celebrated her 80th birthday and Judy her 76th and as soon as I met both of them I knew I was among two outstanding time honored horsewomen who have devoted their entire lives to educating thru the equine spirit.

Rob, Judy's son greets me as I ride in

Rob, Judy’s son greets me as I ride in

 

Hi Bernice,                                                       March 7,2015
This poem reminds me of you…
 
Do You Fear the Wind?    By Hamlin Garland  1860-1940
 
Do you fear the force of the wind?  The slash of the rain?
Go face them and fight them, be savage again.
Grow hungry and cold like the wolf,
Go wade like the crane.
The palms of your hands will thicken, the skin of your cheeks will tan.
You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy, but
You’ll walk like a man.a woman.
a much needed rest

a much needed rest

from Fort Edward to Ogdensburg, NY appr miles 200 great ride

from Fort Edward to Ogdensburg, NY appr miles 200 great ride

April 10th, 2015 near North Creek, New York

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From Cynthia and Dave Hyde’s home we traveled north where we had been passed along to Richard Steward’s home.

Dave and Cynthia's "the Farm"

Dave and Cynthia’s “the Farm”

 

Richard Steward looking over the transportation

Richard Steward looking over the transportation

 

 Richard Steward has resided in this same house for 73 years! The Hamlet of Sodom. Four generations of Adirondack families. Now he and his step son Dick Hornick live here. A great deal has changed in those 73 years but one thing that has not is the hospitality and Richards good cooking!

camping in the snow

camping in the snow

 

I ride two days I hold up 4 days. The day after I rode into Dick and Richard’s place  a snow front came in and here I am again, waiting. But its part of the ride take what weather you get, move on, appreciate the help and generosity because many days one can end up feeling like a homeless person on the road to nowhere. Montana is a long way off can’t get in a hurry, will taint the ride with anxiousness. Nothing fast about long riding.

 

 

 

Please check out The Fort Edward Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for more sensational photos by Fred Wehner

 

Kristyn did a nice story in her magazine.

 Kristyn Bacon

Trainless Magazine
Weserstr. 133, 12059 Berlin DE
+49157878038194,5,6,7
www.TrainlessMagazine.com

April 5th, 2015

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I am so glad I had the sense not to ride thru Glens Falls on my ride out of Fort Edward. Packs were heavy and the horses lively. And Me, it takes a few weeks before I am back into the swing of things. The first 2 weeks are always the most dangerous. We headed west but around thru Corinth were I made my first night out with the Clothiers whom I stayed with on my eastward trek in September 2014.

Larry Holmes - farrier

Larry Holmes – farrier

shoes from the Blacksmith Shop, see sponsorship page

shoes from the Blacksmith Shop, see sponsorship page

Larry Holmes set on new horseshoes, he did an exceptional job. I can understand why he came highly recommended.

Rachel Clothier (red plaid) at Glens Falls Library where she works. Her and her husband have a beautiful farm, reminded me of Montana.

Rachel Clothier (red plaid)
at Glens Falls Library where she works. Her and her husband have a beautiful farm, reminded me of Montana.

                                                                                                    The Clothiers passed us onto friends, Jay Brosky and Kathy Pettelli’s home where I spent the night in the back of a pick up with the horses tied outside close to me. (I must be near the horses at night)

this must be the spot

this must be the spot

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     From Jay’s and Kathy’s (another place that reminded me of  Montana! I stayed at the home of Cynthia and Dave Hyde,(in Thurman,) who was a friend of Duane Burch whom I met on my eastward trek and it was yet another place that had me feeling like I was back in Montana. Earthy, warm, wood stove, home cooking, cozy places.

Dave and Cynthia's home built in 1802!

Dave and Cynthia’s home built in 1802!

sheep shed makes a great place to regroup get my self ready to travel

sheep shed makes a great place to regroup get my self ready to travel

 

Across the road from Cynthia’s and Dave’s a sugar shack was spewing out steam. I headed over for a tour as I have never seen one.

Valley Road Sugar Shack making fine New York maple syrup

Valley Road Sugar Shack making fine New York maple syrup

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 See that drum, it’s full of Maple syrup and it takes 40 drums of raw sap to make one drum of the famous, and delicious syrup we are all so fond of. The “shack” as they are referred to was very modern with stainless steel containers to boil the syrup in.  Owners Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal poured warm fresh maple syrup into a container for me to take with me. WOW what else could I say, but wow?

There is still quite a bit of snow as I climb northward into the Adirondack Mountains, I must rely on help with hay and grain and places to camp with the horses. Even in its bare black and white phase I must admit this is spectacular country.

Departing Fort Edward–April 2nd, 2015

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Thank you Fort Edward it was 4 months of smiles and handshakes
Thank you Fort Edward it was 4 months of smiles and handshakes

March 2015 Fort Edward, New York

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Speaking engagements for March

 

March 4th at the Argyle Senior Meeting, 11am located at the Argyle Fire Hall
Contact Loree Ann Bane at 638-8788

 

March 7th at the Hillview Free Library 11am  3717 Lake Shore Dr Diamond Point, NY 12824 (518) 668-3012

 

March 11th at the Equinox Village 3pm 49 Maple St  Manchester Center, VT
Kylee Ryan (802) 362-4061

 

March 12 Thursday, 7pm Poultney Recreation Commission and The Women’s Club..Poultney,Vermont ..Sheryl Porrier contact  802 353-7212… sporrier@aol.com

 

March 16th in South Glen Falls at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 198  Bluebird Rd. South Glens Falls, NY. 12803   518-792-1000 Krista

 

March 18th private talk for Women’s Teachers Organization
Tracy Watson
President Delta Kappa Gamma

March 20th in Granville, New York at 7pm the Community Center, near the Library Contact Nancy Williams at 642-0709

 and last but not least a Farewell Talk March 21st  7pm at the Fort Edward Visitor Center ..11 Rogers Island Dr Fort Edward, NY 12828 518 747 3693, Contact Neil at Anvil Inn or the Fort Edward Chamber of Commerce Refreshments, come one come all!!!

Skidmore College, In Saratoga, New York  1 pm on Tuesday March 31 in Emerson Auditorium on the Skidmore campus.

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visitors Jenni and Lila

visitors Jenni and Lila

Layers upon layers

piling doubt

in the face of my journey.

Will I make it?

Find my way, a trail home.

Anchoring to memories, of friends

so far away to pull me thru

the…..3 feet of snow.

January 30th, 2015

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Basha O’Reilly of the International Long Riders Guild sent a copy of Cheval a prestigious equestrian Magazine from France. Basha wrote an article about my rides in the December issue of 2014. I do not have an English translation to share with you, sorry.

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http://www.thelongridersguild.com/news.htm  click here to see the pages at the Long Riders Guild Website

Bernice page 1

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January 26th, 2015 Fort Edward, New York

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1-122-IMG_1059Our hostess Darleen greeting us to historical Fort Edward, New York

Filled with slide-show presentations, snow & ice, rest, books and new friends, our time in the Glens Falls, New York area – the winter of 2014/15 is slipping away.

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Horse Illustrated did a very nice article by Dusty Perin in the Feb. issue.

 

Gave a talk for the members of Fort Edward's  book club, (a lively bunch)

Gave a talk for the members of Fort Edward’s book club, (a lively bunch)

Glens Falls lovely historical Crandall  Library

Glens Falls lovely historical Crandall Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essie and Spirit are happy, healthy, full of mischief. Thank you so very much to those of you who have generously donated hay, grain, brought apples/carrots and attention for the two deserving horses.

there is much more snow on the ground now. These are collapsable feed buckets from OutFitters Supply, Montana  and the work great as feed bags!!

There is much more snow on the ground now. These are collapsible water buckets from OutFitters Supply in Montana… they work great as feed bags!!

December 17th, 2014

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Wishing all of you the very best Holiday Season. There never seems to be enough thank you's, but please,please know my heart is fill with appreciation knowing that..."I could not have done it without you"  Sincerely, Bernice Ende

Wishing all of you the very best Holiday Season. There never seems to be enough thank you’s, but please, please know my heart is fill with deep appreciation.  Know that…”I could not have done it without you.” Sincerely, Bernice Ende

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