Wagon Teamster travels through Valley with horse and wagon

Wagon Teamster travels through Valley with horse and wagon »Play Video
Skelding in his wagon.
CLARKSTON, WA - A group of travelers you don't see everyday passed through the Lewis-Clark Valley Wednesday.

"I'm driving around the Western United States and this is a nice 5000-mile walk-about," said Wagon Teamster Bob Skelding.

Skelding and his three horses are taking a rare journey in the modern age of technology and efficiency. Riding what he calls a Wagon Teamster, that is altered for long distances, he'll travel 1300 miles. This is his fourth trip in the last four years and it has brought him through the Lewis-Clark Valley.

"I'm having a good time and I'm doing it by horse and wagon," said Skelding. "Why? For the fun of it all and also it brings a few smiles on peoples faces and it spreads a little good will while we're at it."

Skelding was stopped by numerous people overjoyed by the sight from a time long gone. A lady offered a watermelon, on behalf of a local grocery store. He said it's the people he meets along the way, what make his journey unforgettable. When he stopped at Walmart Wednesday, he spent most of his time outside giving local kids a chance to hop on his horses.

"A few dozen kids got to sit on the horses and pet the horses and that's just normal," said Skelding. "They're very gentle and I do that a lot."

Skelding said the his wagon is powered by solar panels so he can shower, refrigerate food and have the necessities to make it on his year-long journey. Each day he travels approximately 20 miles. Skelding said he decided to hit the road when his life was at a crossroads.

"I started this journey about four years ago when I had the opportunity in my life to do a do-over," said Skelding. "In my particular case I was going through a divorce."

He said he let go of everything in his life he didn't like, bought the wagon and hasn't looked back.

"Whatever people have for dreams, pursue them," said Skelding.

He'll continue his travels along Highway-12 on this leg of the journey, stopping every hour for about ten minutes to let the horses get some water. At night he lets the horses graze so they can prepare for the next day of travel. The next day always offers the best part of the trip, meeting a whole different group of people tomorrow.

If you'd like to follow Skelding's journey and read his blog, go to wagonteamster.com for more information.