The Long Hard Road

         TRAILS END – The Novel

              The Long Hard Road

My wife and I went out to supper tonight with our friends who are in the race horse business. They are the trainers for our horse, Rare But Special.

Hauling horses every mile, they had made two trips to El Paso, yesterday and today, getting back to Canyon at 5:00 this evening. They are leaving at 2:00A.M. this morning to go to OKC. They’re a bit younger than us, but I can’t imagine having that much energy and stamina anymore.

Rodeo requires this kind of travel, and in my day, I thought nothing of all night drives with too many miles and not enough time. One time, my traveling partners were both injured over the July 4th run. They turned out at all the next weeks rodeos, and I went by myself.

I drove from Kansas City, MO to Roswell, NM to Tucumcari, NM to O’Donnell,TX.

From a night performance at O’Donnell, which is 60 miles south of Lubbock, I had to make it to Buena Vista, CO for an afternoon performance. I could write a short book on just that one trip.

Jim Barnes, in the story of TRAILS END, has the same challenges. He makes it from a night performance at Coleman, TX, to an afternoon show in North Platte NE. Then two other cowboys get in with him and they drive to Reno, NV, for the performance the next night.

If you want a taste of what it’s like on the rodeo trail, I hope my novel will serve that purpose. Keep in mind though, there’s much more to the story.

Thanks for reading,

Joe

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