"Grandaddy of all trail rides" rolls into Houston

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Hit the road with reporter Steve Campion who spent a night on the trail with the rodeo trail riders. (KTRK)

The "granddaddy of all trail rides" is making its way to Houston this week. The Salt Grass Trail Ride rolls out from Katy Park this morning on its way to the Houston Farm and Ranch. The journey is about 15 miles.

Eyewitness News reporter Steve Campion spent the evening with the cowboys and cowgirls who make the hike. Three things you mostly likely need to survive: love for western heritage, the ability to function off little sleep, and a stomach of steel.

Angie Gonzales has been on trail for more than two decades. She said she looks forward to the ride all year long.

"This is a family you see once a year," said Gonzales. "It's hard. I can tell you it's hard. When you get to your 20th year like I have, you go to bed early because a lot of people don't. They stay up late and carry on. Enjoy each other's company. Sit by the campfire but we crash early because our alarm clock goes off at 5:30."

Trail rider Conni Meyer has took part in the Salt Grass Trail Ride for more than 30 years. She told abc13 it's something you can't shake, something you want to be a part of.

"You definitely have to have the love of the animal and the love of the ride," said Meyer. "It's got to be in your heart just like it is in the heart of the animal."
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