Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Slicks From The City No More

Cattle drive puts cowboy in souls

Express Staff Writer

“Cowboys” and cowboys take a break to survey the herd mid drive over the Memorial Day weekend. Courtesy photo Diane Josephy Peavy

Four good friends were put in touch with their inner cowboy on a five-day cattle drive across the Kimima desert during the last week in May. The authentic cattle drive experience was donated by the Flat Top Ranch to benefit the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. The cowboys included Dick Couch and his longtime friends, William Eilert, John Tortorici and Marshall Peterson. "Three other fellows who aren't cowboys and don't ride or hadn't ridden in 30 years," Couch said. All of them were in their 60s. The assignment was to move Peavey's cattle herd from the winter pasture 50 miles to his Flat Top Ranch in the hills above Carey. Couch said the work was grueling with an average of 6 hours a day in the saddle, once as long as 10. "We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. We pushed those doggies, three cowboys and us dudes with a death grip on the saddle horn. We were surprised how quickly we had to get to work and we learned what to do. These are long hard days. We weren't sore as much as being used up." Crouch, a former Navy man who writes books about military operations, has a 16th book, "SuaSponte, the Forging of a Modern American Ranger," being released in July.

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