Montana Woman Riding Her Horse Across the Country Passes Through Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash-- Some viewers told KNDU about a woman passing through the Tri-Cities on the ride of her life.
Bernice Ende, from Northwest Montana, calls herself an American Long Rider, ‘The Ende of the Trail.' In the last five years she's gone 10,000 miles.
"I'm currently on a 7,000 mile ride that takes me from Montana to the west coast to Texas up to the Appalachian into Ottawa Canada. Then I will come home through Canada into Montana," said Ende.
On the trail she brings her horse Honor, Issy her packhorse and Claire her guard dog, together they take in the sights and meet curious people.
"Everywhere I go is beautiful, I don't care if it's in the canyon, mountains, desert, it's beautiful. The people, the embellishment of these people is just, well if I had a message, it is that this country for the most part is made up of very good people," said Ende.
Ende carries no cell phone or GPS to guide her, instead she gets help from the people she meets and trail maps. She makes money through giving talks. She says her life is simple and that's what makes her so happy.
"Cause I don't know where I'm going to sleep at night. I don't know where I'm going to get my food at night, but there's such a spontaneity in life when it's simple you, just go out their and go. Ride your long ride," said Ende.
After traveling as south as Texas and as northeast as Ottawa Canada her trip will end in July of 2011.