The Long Riders' Guild Press

A Lady's Ride Across Spanish Honduras in 1881

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ISBN: 9781590481615
Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press
Publication Date: 2004-11-11
Number of pages: 340
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Few Englishmen, and still fewer women, had ridden from the Pacific port of Ampala, over the mountains of Honduras, to the Atlantic in the late nineteenth century. Yet that is what the refined Mary Lester set out to do. The intrepid traveller was laboring under a handicap as reliable maps were rare and what verbal advice was on offer turned out to be dubious and out of date. Yet such inconveniences did nothing to dampen the adventurous spirit of the lady who preferred to ride under the pseudonym "Maria Soltera." Regardless of what they called her, the people in Honduras soon learned to respect the courage and determination of the foreign Long Rider. "I do not fear hardship," she told them, "as I am the daughter of an English soldier and circumstances have compelled me to depend on myself." Lester wasn't making an idle boast. In excellent Spanish, she haggled over saddles, hired mules, deflated bullies and outwitted nefarious guides. She was, in a word, a fire-cracker whose combustible ride across the verdant mountains is still a tale to remember. Thus "A Lady's Ride Across Spanish Honduras" is a gem of a book, with its entertaining account of Mary's vivid, day to day life in the saddle. Yet the hardy amateur author was a keen observer who noted the exotic animal life, social customs, and political conditions of a jungle-trail-world that belonged to that simpler age. Complete with drawings from her journey, Lester's colourful writing brings the "lost" civilization of Spanish Honduras back to life more than a century later.

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