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[RC] HORSERIDER CONTINUES 5,000 MILE RIDE ACROSS AMERICA - steph teeter

HORSERIDER CONTINUES 5,000 MILE RIDE ACROSS AMERICA

Back on the trail again!  Matt Parker has resumed his horseback journey
across America on the American Discovery Trail (ADT). He has logged over
1,400 miles and arrived at the Teller County Fair in historic Cripple
Creek, Colorado yesterday.

Matt is determined to be the first person to ride a horse coast to coast
on the 5,000 mile long ADT route. The ADT passes through 15 states, 14
national parks, 16 national forests, and more than 10,000 significant
historical, cultural, and natural sites.

Last year, the 24-year-old adventurer rode his horse across California,
Nevada, and most of Utah. He faced many challenges in the mountain
ranges and torrid deserts. While resting at ranches along the way, he
earned his keep by mending fences and herding cattle. Bill Parker,
Matt's father, drove to Nevada and Utah from their home in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, to make water and hay drops in the remote deserts along the
route.  Matt reached Canyonlands National Park south of Moab, Utah, on
September 24th. 

With snow falling in the Rockies, he returned to his home in Michigan
for the winter. 

On June 13th,  left from Monticello, Utah and rode into Colorado on a
new horse, a Missouri Fox Trotter named "Little Face". He crossed the
10,000 ft. high Grand Mesa and rode through the White River National
Forest to reach Redstone, Colorado.  From there he rode over Schofield
Pass to arrive in Crested Butte on July 8th. Then he rode up to 11,929
ft. high Taylor Pass and through Taylor Park. He crossed the Continental
Divide over 12,154 ft. high Tincup Pass on the way to historic St. Elmo.
From there he rode east across rolling grasslands to Guffey. After the
stop in Cripple Creek he will head down Shelf Road to Canon City and
Pueblo. Then he will follow the Arkansas River and the Santa Fe Trail to
the Kansas state line near Holly. 

Anyone who would like to help support Matt with water, food, hay or
lodging along his journey should call Loretta Shows (408)995-5566 or
LLSVIEWS@xxxxxxx

To see his route through your area, visit
<http://www.discoverytrail.org/> www.discoverytrail.org. 

To read more about Matt and his great adventure, go to
<http://www.mattandsmokey.com/> www.mattandsmokey.com . 


DICK BRATTON
Vice President- Public Relations
& Colorado Coordinator
AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL SOCIETY (ADTS)
(719) 684-9811 cell 719.661-2744
PO Box 200, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
trails007@aol,com
www.discoverytrail.org



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