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30 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 Father, daughter begin 1,000 mile trek at CapeHenlopen By Michael Short "Horses are Very good trail users. With two horses named Tess and Ben, a mule named Rachel and a Jack Russell terrier named Oliver, Bill Biller and Deborah Sensabaugh began a 1,000-mile journey in Lewes on June 30. The father and daughter team are riding the American Discov- ery Trail (ADT), which bgins at Cape Henlopen. In ten weeks, they hope to be 1,000 miles away in Cincinnati, where they will stop and re-group before contimting on to the Pacific next summer. "We're crazy," said Sens- abaugh, a horse wrangler, outfitter and freelance writer, who lives in the shadow of the Shenandoah Mountains. "We got bored riding the same old trails." "She and I have rode together since she was 12 or 13," Biller said."We enjoy doing it together." "I like a" challenge and adven- ture, and Lord willing, we'll make it to California," Sensabaugh said. The two left Lewes early on June 30, getting their first major scare when they passed through the Five Points interseetion. They simply waited for the traffic light to .change and then high-tailed it across the intersection. By nightfall on June 30, they hoped to be in Redden State For- est. July I would take them near the Delaware border on a slow walking pace designed to con- serve the energy of the half Arabi- an horses, who are used to en- durance walking. Besides traveling the American Discovery Trail, they hope to raise awareness of 'the use of horses on such trails. Most people using the trail bicycle or backpack, but much of the trail is open to horses. We really appreciate their includ- ing horses." They have been keeping up to date on the progress of Bill and Laurie Foot, another pair of Vir- ginia trail enthusiasts. Bill and Laurie are biking and walking the trail and have leached Grand Junction, Co. at last report. For Sensabaugh and Biller, rid- ing is a fami!y affair. Biller's wife Marian said "I will miss you, but have a good time," he said. The pair were already attracting attention by the time they reached Cool Spring. Cars riding by honked their horns as Oliver the terrier perched in a saddlebag slung overthe back of Sens'- abaugh's horse Ben.'Besides Oliv- er, the couple are carrying every- thing th, ey need with them, includ- ing vitamins for the horses and an electric fence to make sure 'that they don't wander away at night. Rachel the muIe and Oliyer the terrier will keep the couple from getting bored. Oliver likes to chase cats and "the first sight of a cat or dog may bring him leaping from the saddlebag. Rachel, on the other hand, has a well devel- oped personality of her own. "She [Rachel] adds a lot of personality. You never know what a mule will do. We will not have too many dull moments." Oliver was mak- ing his first trip with the couple. "He's not too sure," Sensabaugh said, adding that the first feline sighting will mean Oliver gets pushed down into the saddlebag. "Everybody in Delaware has been great," she said. "We're just kind of having faith-that it will all come together." "I want to enjoy it before I get too old," Biller said. Michael Short photo Deborah Sensabaugh and her dad, Bill Biller, will spend the next ten weeks on horseback negotiating the American Dis- covery Trail (ADT). They are being accompanied by Oliver the terrier (in the saddlebag) and Rachel the mule. They hope to cover 1,000 miles this summer and then return and com- plete the trek to Point Reyes, Cal., next summer. :  FURNITURE  iiilii!i!iiil iiii!iiiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiii:ii !:i ' iii!ili i !iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil ,iiiiiiil i i :, ii,. Large s.I|( ahogany, Pines  Walnut ) Various s* hes! & painted i!i s,.o Shadow boxes  baseball, football, fly fishing, golf, tennis, io & others. .... ?!.., , Large 18th, & 1 Stuart Kingston*, Inc. Since 1930 Located at the North end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk next to the Henlopen Hotel Store hours: Men- Sat lOam to lOpm Sun 6pm to lOpm Call (302)227-2524 ISylvia' wi ker Candle S Over Oa" bridge near iry Queen on Lewes Beach. FREE Local Delivery OPEN DALLY - Thur. - Sat. 10-8 Sun. - Wed. 10.6 304 East Savannah Road 645-8117 Read about adventure in the Cape Gazette - Subscribe at 645-7700