Bernice Ende, the Long Lady Rider in Long Lake

Bernice Ende is midway through an 8000 mile, two and a half year international horseback ride from Montana, through New York State, the Adirondacks, including Long Lake and she is on her way north to Ogdensburg where she will have the horses vetted for clearance to start her journey across Canada and eventually to the Pacific Coast.

I catch up with Bernice as she arrives in downtown Long Lake.  We communicated in February about her visit, but she doesn't travel with cell phone or computer, so it was anyone's guess when she'd get here.

I catch up with Bernice as she arrives in downtown Long Lake. We communicated in February about her visit, but she doesn’t travel with cell phone or computer, so it was anyone’s guess when she’d get here.

This Lady Long Rider travels with two horses, Essie Pearl, a 15 year old Norwegian Fjord mare and Montana Spirit a 7 year old Norwegian Fjord, Percheron mare. She traveled into Long Lake on Monday, April 13th after wintering in Fort Edward and making overnight pit stops in North Creek and Minerva. She started traveling after the winter weather started to recede. She is traveling slowly, easing back into her routine having taken a few months off during the winter season. She anticipates traveling about 20 miles a day and picking up her pace as she regains her momentum and overall riding stamina. She’s looking forward to arriving in Ogdensburg by the end of this week for a veterinarian check, vaccines and paperwork so the horses will be welcome into Canada. She aims to be crossing the Canadian Rockies by August.

Bernice visits with Long Lake resident Greg Foster.  They met in 2014 as Bernice was traveling through the southern Adirondacks in the summer time.

Bernice visits with Long Lake resident Greg Foster. They met in 2014 as Bernice was traveling through the southern Adirondacks in the summer time.

This 8000 mile ride will connect her coast to coast and she’s not sure it’s ever been done before. She travels without cell phone or computer and often relies on the kindness and generosity of strangers as she travels, whether its hauling her gear to her next overnight location, or providing hay and feed until she moves further on. Bernice started her long-riding in 2005 and has been hooked ever since, logging in over 25,000 miles total.

Norwegian Fjord mare Essie enjoying some recently uncovered grass near Helms Aero Service

Norwegian Fjord mare Essie enjoying some recently uncovered grass near Helms Aero Service

She’s a spirited woman, with tons of enthusiasm, curiosity and energy. She started the trek in 2014 to celebrate 100 years of women’s voting rights in Montana. She’s truly enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of the Adirondacks and hopes to return.

To find out more about Bernice Ende and her travels see her website at www.endeofthetrail.com

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