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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Riders complete John Wayne trail


Roger Harnack | The Gazette

Pullman native Laurie Christean, of Ravensdale, cools off her 4-year-old horse, Grace, upon arrival in Tekoa on June 4.

TEKOA – "My horse and I are tough enough."

That was the mantra of John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders who completed the grueling 200-plus-mile, two-week trail ride on June 4.

The wagon train and horse riders started at a farm in Easton and rode daily until they reached the Idaho border.

"My brain I half-dead," an exhausted Rachel Miller, of Peshastin, said as she reached Tekoa. "In normal years, this would've been the end."

But because riders were denied an opportunity to complete the trek and promoted the John Wayne Trail – the name has been changed to the Palouse to Cascades State Pa...

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