Who is Les Nichols? According to his web site, www.americanposse.org, Nichols is a 41 year old cowboy from Celeste, Texas who just wants to do "one good deed."By profession, he is a thoroughbred horse trainer; by nature, he's an American cowboy.
Why is Les
traveling from the Alamo to Ground Zero on horseback?As a young boy, Les
eye.This ultimately prevented him from joining the military, being a police officer, firefighter, or postal worker.So, when each of those groups was so traumatically impacted by the events of September 11th, Les
had to do something…and the vision for the American Posse was born.But if you ask the Marvin Reid family who Les Nichols
is, they would probably say he
is a friend.Nichols
rode into town on Tuesday, Feb. 5, just in front of a "big snowstorm," at least it was big according to Carlisle standards.It was big enough for the kids to have two days off from school.Nichols
spent the night with the Reid family, Marvin, Debbie, Alex, Andrea and Ashley.The next day he
joined in some family fun with the kids as they built a big snowman and dressed it like a cowboy.
They also assisted Nichols
by transporting his
horse later when he
had to travel across the bridge at DeValls Bluff and on the narrow portion of Highway 70 on the way to Brinkley.Les is traveling only with J.J.'s Cowboy, his horse, and Posse, his dog.
Ashley also sang "God Bless America" for Les
in church on Sunday, Feb. 10.
In an interview this weekend, Nichols
said this was the only time he
had camped out with a family.
When speaking of his
talked about his
reaction to the September 11 tragedy.
"I walked out of the house, looked up and not a plane was flying," Nichols
said one of the highlights of his
travels through Arkansas occurred in Malvern, when he
was proclaimed an "Arkansas Traveler
Other information from the web site explains Nichols' goals and what the organization is really about.
Who is the American Posse?
The American Posse is made up of individuals who have "saddled-up" to help Les
along the trail.Along the route, people have generously donated their time for various needs of Les
traveling companions, his
horse and his
In addition to personally selling the tickets, local fire departments that Les
has visited along the trail will sell tickets.Raffle tickets may also be purchased online at www.americanposse.org.Les
also hopes to raise funds through per-mile donations from sponsors and supporters.
Who is J.J.'s
It is often said that you can judge a man by the horse he
rides.If this is the case, Les Nichols will be looked upon favorably while riding J.J.'s Cowboy on the trail.J.J.'s
Cowboy is Les' thoroughbred horse that he
will be riding the majority of the trip.
...Posse sidesteps holes and other potential hazards that may not be visible to Les or J.J.'s Cowboy.
Where does The Trio stay while traveling?Being a Cowboy, Les isn't too particular about his accommodations.
Thus far, he
has stayed at firehouses, private homes, barns, motels, horse trailers, his
own tent and even a chuck wagon.Posse accompanies Les while J.J.'s Cowboy is often housed in a stall or barn through the generosity of a local townsperson.
The Trio moves camp as often as a New York minute.
How far can The Trio travel in a day?Les makes certain that J.J.'s Cowboy never rides more than six hours a day.
anticipates visiting cities such as Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville and Charleston, his
route could easily change if a particular course is too hazardous, too threatening or facing inclement weather.
is determined not to let any "saddle sores" keep him off the trail.