Our Time in Cheyenne Wyoming: Part Three

The WranglerThe Wrangler in Cheyenne heard about Bills journey and invited him to come and visit their store. The Wrangler is the Cheyenne store for Corral West and they rigorously maintain that their store used the name “Wrangler” before another company used the name. Store manager Pat McGee and her Ariat representative presented Bill with some cloths and boots to keep him warm and keep his feet in the stirrups. This store has everything western, and prides itself on the quality items they offer the working cowboy. The Wrangler is known far and wide as the store for western apparel.

Bill: “What a store, thanks for the support and friendship!”

Our Time in Cheyenne Wyoming: Part Two

Ride Through CheyenneThe same evening we go into Cheyenne Bill contacted the local police department as he often does. He does this to organize his next step. Each town or city we travel though is different. Local law enforcement is often the best source of information regarding the traffic, laws and frequently places to stay. Occasionally Bill is surprised. He called only to inform them of what he was doing, yet once the CPD heard about our journey, they told Bill that two mounted police would accompany him through town.

The next morning we drove to the fairgrounds. Bill saddled up Blackie and we loaded him into the trailer. From there I drove Bill out to where we stopped the previous day. He would ride from there and meet the officers at a predefined location, and then they would ride together to the Plains Hotel. I made my way back to the fairground to drop off the trailer and then I drove back to the Plains to wait for the riders. Meanwhile Brenda was at the hotel calling press to inform them of our plans.

When they arrived Brenda and I were worried, she had received a call about 30 mins before telling her that the officers where planning to meet Bill at the Old Depot, which is across the street from the Plains. We weren’t sure if Bill was waiting for the officers or if he would arrive alone. Our fears were relieved when we saw Bill with Both officers riding together; I meet with the trio on foot and followed along.

Our Time in Cheyenne Wyoming: Part One

Plains GalleyOn the 16th Bill made it about 8 miles outside of Cheyenne at the end of the day. It was drizzling on and off when I found him.  I drove Bill and Blackie to Cheyenne Frontier Days. We set the horse up with food an water and let our dogs run about and play for awhile.  We then drove to The Historic Plains Hotel.
 Earlier that day Brenda and myself where looking for accommodations for Blackie and ourselves while Bill was riding on highway 130. Of course, the first priority is always the horse. If we find a place for him, we usually can stay where he is if we need too. Straight away Brenda found the grand Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo/ event center. Anyone who loves the western sprit must see this place. They have lots of great stuff to see. Check out their Schedule of Events page if you want to visit.

Rendezvous Lodge

Rendezvous LodgeTaking highway 130 south of Saratoga, Bill rode to the Rendezvous Lodge. We met some great people there. We were planning to camp at a Forest Service campground we saw on the map. The first thing we asked was, "Can we keep a horse here."  At first it appeared we could stay, but the volunteer host made us aware of strict park regulations against horses; there are plenty of animals in the forest, but horses aren’t welcome. We did see some new seedlings planted to fill in the grassy areas, but we would not set Blackies pen anywhere that was environmentally sensitive.

Luckily, Brenda drove down the road and was able to find a great little place along the road called the Rendezvous Lodge; set in a high valley. The people we met there were very welcoming and let us camp there. Blackie enjoyed the tall mountain grass. We enjoyed good company and a meal complements of a man from Nebraska, Tim Blythe (mule man & buck skinner).

Rawlins to Saratoga: Journal Entry 32

Snowy Range AmbassadorsIt was morning as we left Rawlins, we had a police escort through town. Bill rode down Main Street through the historic district. We then went through Sinclair, and then Bill got on a dirt, right- of-way track along Highway 80. Millie loves to follow the horse. Sometimes she can be seen walking in his shadow. It’s too bad that there are not more places on this journey where she can walk with Bill and Blackie. Here nearly a mile from the highway running parallel to it, Millie is safe running alongside Blackie.

That night we camp near a rest area along the highway for the night. In the morning we had to put the horse in the trailer for a short distance. The bridge and other obstacles on the highway pose too high a danger, not only for Bill but also the vehicles passing him by. Our first stop was about 10 miles up the road on the side of highway 130. We were told that we needed to take this highway because the scenery is magnificent. As we looked at the map though it was determined that we should trailer the horse over this steep, summit. We are not so arrogant that we will put the health of the horse at risk just so Bill can say he rode him every step of the way. Our journey is about finding good in America, not setting some kind of record.

Galleries For Wyoming

Vee Bar Guest Ranch

Vee Bar Guest Ranch

This ranch is surrounded by miles of rolling hills covered in grass stretching out to the horizon.

Rendezvous Lodge

Rendezvous Lodge

Brenda stopped in at the Rendezvous Lodge to ask where we could keep Blackie; the camp site we planned on staying at didn't allow horses about 5 miles down the road.

Saratoga: Snowy Range Ambassadors

Saratoga

When we arrived in Saratoga we found friendly people and a relaxing public hot spring.

Cleaning up trailer

Point of Rocks

Cleaning out the debris messy trailer

Rawlins - Escape the Big City: Journal Entry 31

RawlinsWe entered Rawlins Wyoming and headed for the fair grounds. The Grounds keeper showed us around and told us where we could keep Blackie. The fairgrounds where not being used and we found that the accommodations perfect for the traveling horseman. The grounds are well kept and it is apparent that this place is a part of Rawlins heritage.

Holiday Inn Express was kind and they put us up for the night. Bill contacted the Chamber of Commerce and Director Jeanna Plagmann, and her team, Tammy Damori (Administrative Assistant), Marti Lissy, and Kathleen Brown (Volunteers) started making calls. They contacted the local businesses, newspaper and some TV stations to assist us in getting some media exposure. These women love to help others and they did a lot to assist us. Marti had some hat bands that were braided by hand. She made sure we all had one for our hats, and she also gave Bill a brand new pair of oxbow stirrups.

Rock Springs: Journal Entry 30

Rock SpringsWe set Blackie up at the Sweetwater County Events center and fairgrounds in Rock Springs. We also camped out one night at the fairgrounds; got some pictures there. We met a couple who helped us get hay. While talking to them we discovered that they where from Salt Lake City

Flying J provided showers for us and we also bought a grill and other some other necessities at Walmart. We then talked to the Hampton and told them of the journey and our previous stay with the Hampton in Mountain Home. They made available a room for two nights. This is truly an outstanding chain of Hotels; they offer breakfast every morning with a variety of foods from hot egg dishes to fresh fruit salads. The coffee bar is great too.

Green River Wyoming - A Rejuvenated Town: Journal Entry 29

Lieutenant Chris Steffen helped us find a room in a town bursting at the seams because of the oil and gas industry. Rooms can be hard to find. He also assisted us in finding a place to put our horse. The next day we met Sergeant Glen Williams. He surprised us with a check from the Green River chapter of the Fraternal Order of the Police. I don’t get emotional very often, but this act of kindness brought tears to my eyes. This kind and helpful law enforcement officer can be seen in a photo with Bill and Blackie on the day we left Green River. America needs to wake up and realize that our law enforcement is here to help and protect us as well as enforce the law.

On our second day here, we were looking for accommodations that would be more affordable. I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Gregory, the general manager of the Oak Tree Inn. I explained to her the journey we were undertaking and how far we had come. She kindly provided a room for 2 nights. We took some pictures of her with Blackie.  The rooms were comfortable and clean. This is by far best hotel in town by any standard. I highly recommend it.