I almost hated the thought of leaving, when after an hour rest, I backed the team on to the pole to hitch up and drive for home.
The next four miles were uneventful, but I noticed the team was getting pretty tired. About 2 miles short of the house and about 200 feet short of the crest of the last hill, they finally played out. When horses play out, there’s not much you can do to get them pulling again.
With the help of a very nice couple in a four wheel drive truck and some friends, I unhitched the team and ground drove them the last two miles home. The nice couple in the truck pulled the wagon home the last couple of miles.