But if there is one thing that can be said about riding in a chuck wagon, it's that it's not what one would consider being a gentle or non-jarring experience.
"I cried like a baby, I thought I was going to lose him on that ride," J recalled.
One of her companions walked up at that moment with something green in his hand. A local Throckmorton rancher had handed him a $100 bill for J, telling him he knew what they were doing and wanted to express his appreciation.
"Oh, my gosh, that's amazing. Did you get his address so I can thank him? We'll spend it on something, y'all," J said.
Those are the kinds of people Len used to meet on their trail rides, she said. It was that and the peacefulness of the wagon ride that Len loved. The ability to see the world not at 70 or 80 miles an hour, but at four instead. It's how he lived his life — and how he's ending it.
"So here we are, 11 months later. I'm going to spread some of him and they're all going to spread him, too," J said, gesturing to her friends. "Everybody will get up and say some kind words about him, and then we'll lay him to rest.
Appropriately, a chuck wagon will serve lunch at the noon service April 6. It will be at the roadside park there. She said she'll serve coffee with the same pot currently carrying her husband's ashes, joking that "everybody has to have a cup of Len."
"Then we'll throw him away with the grounds," someone quipped, and laughter erupted around the group.
J laughed, too.
"Yeah, a little cup of Len," she said thoughtfully.
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