4/5/10, Fort Sumner, NM - From a logistics standpoint, the next leg of the journey will be more challenging then what weíve faced until this time. When I leave Fort Sumner, I wonít reach the next feed store until I get to Santa Fe, 155 miles away. Also, I can be two or three days of travel between sources of good water. If the horses need food or water, Iíll either have to carry it or find it along the way. Since the spring grasses havenít come out yet, the vast majority of the feed Iíll need for this segment will be carried on the wagon. Hereís a short list of supplies Iíll carry to help me over this segment of the journey:
Hay - 12 bales (800 - 1000 lbs) of alfalfa - 9 day supply
Oats - 450 lbs - 9 day supply
Water - 110 gallons (880 lbs) - 3 day and 2 night supply
Generator Gas - 5 Gallons - 4 day supply
Groceries - 10 day supply
If I wanted to travel a little slower and the horses were used to rough country grazing, I could make better use of the last yearís roadside grass and wouldnít have to carry so much feed. But, I want the team to be in good shape when we reach Santa Fe, so itís better if I can take it with me.
I figure it will take 7 days of travel to reach Santa Fe, so I have a little cushion. The team will also get some benefit from grazing along the road. I should have feed left over when I get to Santa Fe. These are some of the same issues that our pioneer ancestors faced, but they couldnít obtain water at someoneís house, buy oats, or call up their friends on a cell phone, if need be.