Thursday, May 26, 2011
Idaho Man Rides the Pony Express
KLCC.org - Full Article and audio
By Emily Schwing
BOISE - The Pony Express was the FedEx of the late 1800s. The trail became the nation's most direct route for mail between Missouri and California. The 10-day trip crossed the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Today, an Idaho man sets out from Kansas on that route with his horses.
Most of us have a bucket list – the things you've always wanted to do. Tom Noll is no exception.
He's in his 50s and his light blue eyes give way to one defining feature...
Tom Knoll: "I have a big mustache. Is there any reason why? I've had a big must for a long time since the mid-70s. It just is. I don't know why."
Noll is a runner. He's completed ultra-distance marathons in Utah and Colorado. It was during one of these foot races that he discovered endurance horseback riding.
Tom Knoll: "Over 10 years ago I was running the Wasatch 100 and a guy came by training his horse. I was running by myself and he was an endurance rider, I think, and he would hop off his horse and run with it then get back on and ride a bit do that. You know, I'm running along by myself, I've got a lot of miles left, and my mind's drifting and I'm watching that guy disappear down the trail and over the ridges and I thought, 'you know that looks like fun. If I ever get to the chance, I'm gonna do it.'"
Noll has his chance this summer and he's taking it with two of his best friends...
Posted by The Equestrian Vagabond at 8:16 AM