Lance's Journal: 10,000 Miles on Horseback, Jan. 8, 2018

Gene Autry recorded a catchy little ditty called 'Back In The Saddle Again' way back in 1939. That was four years before Dwaine Fosler was born, but it's interesting how that song would fortell the future of this Milford man who is most content when he's back in the saddle again.

Horses galloped into Dwaine's life a long, long time ago, "I liked to read books and stuff and I'd get a hold of western books and this type of thing and I just fell in love with the lifestyle."

Dwaine dreamed of becoming the next Lone Ranger, "I would pretend that my bike was a horse."

Eventually, Dwaine upgraded from his bike to steers and then to horses, "It's amazing when you connect with an animal deeply and you know what they're thinkin', it's just really neat."

This 74 year old says it was the Texas Longhorn Cattle Drives of the 1870's and 80s that helped stoke his fire for keeping for keeping track of his mileage, "It kind of intrigued me. I thought, 'Man, that's really something to ride several thousand miles on a horse."

Dwaine is proud to say, "I set a goal of ten thousand (miles) and I honestly believed that I would never live long enough to ride that many miles."

Fortunately, Dwaine was wrong, "It still boggles my mind. I can't believe I rode that far."