Published On: Feb 24 2012 11:02:20 AM CSTUpdated On: Feb 24 2012 05:00:53 PM CST
The Salt Grass Trail Ride gets up early Friday for breakfast before hitting the road on the final day. KPRC Local 2 reporter Phil Archer joined the trail riders for some delicious grub.
The Salt Grass Trail Ride hits the road to meet all the other trail riders at Memorial Park.
More than 3,000 trail riders will travel to Memorial Park for a last night of camping before Saturday's downtown rodeo parade.
After traveling a combined total of more than 1,900 miles, 12 trail rides will merge and camp overnight, continuing a 60-year-old tradition and helping to kick off the 2012 Show.
Beginning as early as Feb. 3, trail rides, ranging in size from 65 to 1,300 members, began making their way to Houston from points as far east as Logansport, La., as far south as Hidalgo, Texas, on the Texas-Mexico border, and all points in between.
Riders traveled between 70 and 386 miles en route to Houston, using traditional equipment of the Old West.
Trail riders are judged several times during their rides on overall appearance, including dress in traditional Western wear. Final judging occurs as the riders enter Memorial Park. Awards are presented in three divisions based on number of participants.