‘Lady Long Rider’ to speak at WIDL

IRON RIVER — Bernice Ende, the “Lady Long Rider,” will offer a presentation as part of her multi-state speaking tour at the West Iron District Library on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m.
    Ende, who rode through Iron River in 2014 on one of her extended horseback rides, has embarked on a multi-state tour to offer select readings from her memoir “Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback” and a slideshow presentation that showcases photos and stories.
    “This book tour is a fantastic way to get back out on the road, and share my stories that, like my long rides, are dedicated to encouraging female leadership and to discover, learn and grow,” Ende said in a press release promoting her tour and book.
    Ende will conclude the tour with a long ride in the northeastern U.S.
    A world-class long rider who rose to prominence after her first long ride at the age of 50, Ende’s memoirs recount many of the trials, tribulations and adventures she experienced while traversing America by horseback. Accompanied by her horses and an exceptional dog named Claire, Ende has logged almost 30,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America and beyond.
    As of spring 2018 and now in her mid-60s, Ende has ridden more than 29,000 miles solo on horseback around the United States and Canada, including an 8,000-mile ride from Montana to Maine, then to Puget Sound and back home to Montana.
    The Long Riders’ Guild has recognized Ende as an outstanding ambassador for long-distance exploration on horseback—no other living woman has done as many journeys or ridden as many miles as she has.
    For more information, see www.endeofthetrail.com or follow her on Facebook.