We are lucky, in 2017 to have a lot of modern conveniences to make this journey much easier.
We are so lucky to have escorts along the trail. These law enforcement and highway crews keep us safe.
I personally saw one incident where a driver was not going to obey the law. This driver was going to go around an emergency vehicle and drive – way too fast – into the cattle. That officer stopped that driver and protected us! These good people escorting us have kept us safe! Thank you!
What else do you need for a modern cattle drive?
The cowboys of old ate beans and biscuits, and maybe some dried beef jerky.
But in 2017, we are lucky. One of the support vehicles is a trailer with a refrigerator and freezer. It is powered by a generator. The drovers have had wonderful meals prepared in the open air over a campfire.
No day old beans and stale biscuits here!
What is another essential?
Down in the middle of the picture, you can see porta potties and blue stock tanks.
Each campsite has had these provided on site. They have hauled in hay and feed for the horses, cubes for the cattle and firewood for the fire.
Every single detail on this drive has been planned for and executed. There are a whole bunch of people – behind the scenes – who have made this once-in-a-lifetime event possible.
But who pulls this together, and keeps us all going? Who is the one out there taking care of business?
That’d be the cow boss:
Friend. Neighbor. A True Horsewoman!