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Thursday, 06 August 2015 19:56

Art Lamely and his horse Big John paused in Imperial Saturday and Sunday before continuing on their journey to Amarillo, Texas. The pair rode in on Highway 6 from the north and spent two nights at the Chase County Fairgrounds. Lamely planned on travelling through Wauneta on his way to McCook where he would resupply. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

In 2008, at the end of a 30- year marriage, Art Lamely loaded up two horses and set off down the road from Broken Bow, Neb.

Twelve states and 4,400 miles later, Lamely spent two days in Imperial on his way to Amarillo, Texas, for the winter.

Lamely said he enjoys the lifestyle, though his life has gone through some changes lately.

After leaving Broken Bow, Lamely ended up in Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

“I met a widow woman there through this guy,” Lamely said with a nod to his horse Big John.

The woman, Sue Hemming, ended up traveling with Lamely for several years.

In 2014, Lamely and Hemming settle down after Hemming’s diagnosis with cancer.

Hemming passed away in July and Lamely hit the road again.

“She wanted me to keep riding,” Lamely said.

Imperial hospitality shown through while Lamely was in town.

With the help of Amy Prior, Big John enjoyed bales of alfalfa and grain during the pair’s stay at the Chase County Fairgrounds where they shared a stall in the beef barn. Lamely makes sure to pitch his tent close to the horse to help him stay calm.

Lamely also made use of the town’s laundromat, but his Colt .45 made finding a place to take a shower a little more difficult.

Lamely said he and Big John try for 12-15 miles in a day, though they can handle 20 and once went 31 miles.

His journey will continue through Wauneta, where he spent some time on main street Monday and onto McCook to resupply. From there he plans on continuing to Amarillo, roughly 400 miles away.