Man traveling across country with horse, buggy
By Renee DePriest
Howell County News Contributing writer
Charlie Modjeski, left, of Montier visited with Will Frost, who is traveling across country using a horse and buggy. The Modjeski family volunteered to help Frost mend his buggy. (Photo by Renee DePriest)
Will Frost traveled through Mountain View this week as he heads across country with his dog, Rusty, horse and buggy.
The decision to travel began while Frost was working in Oklahoma.
“I started this quest when I was working there as a carriage (horse) trainer and found out I had cancer,” said Frost.
Frost determined he wanted to do something different and decided to travel across country on horseback. “I started out with one horse and it didn’t do too good,” said Frost. “I went about a hundred some odd miles and it lost its worthiness.”
“I traded my horse and some cash for this horse,” continued Frost. “I rode this horse 100 miles from Oklahoma to the Fort Scott area.”
The horse was injured accidentally when the wrong harness was put on him.
“I went to the Rich Hill community, where I bought this (pointing to the buggy),” said Frost. “I do this on my own funding.”
He gives rides and does odds and end jobs to make ends meet.
“It’s a shoestring operation and all the darn shoestrings are breaking,” said Frost, who explained that he had to stop in Montier for repairs on his buggy.
Despite his troubles, he enjoys meeting and visiting people.
“I enjoy talking to the people,” said Frost.
He also enjoys sharing his survival skills, including making moccasins, Native American clothing, tools and much more.
“I just gave one of these young gentlemen a lesson on how to make a slingshot,” said Frost. “I also told him about how to make a homemade turkey call, using a slate and a stick.”
As he travels, Frost encourages the use of proper English with whomever he meets.
“I speak in proper English and the people I hang out with speak in proper English,” said Frost. “We don’t use enough English to be English. I am as 1800s as you can get.”
Frost continues east toward Pennsylvania.
To keep up with Frost’s journey, visit www.webefrost.com