Long Rider in Mississippi

A Texas native rode through Meridian on horseback Wednesday. It's part of Gene Glasscock's 20,000 mile journey to visit every state capitol in the mainland U.S.

Glasscock, 69, said he's trying to raise money for a scholarship fund to help underprivileged students in central America.

"I was a missionary in Paraguay. I taught English. I still love the kids. And I'd like to see them come to the U.S., get a college education, go back," said Glasscock. "I'm very harsh on immigration but I'm very much for educating them, letting them come here then improving things in their own country."

Glasscock said the fund is administered through Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32523.

Glasscock started this journey in September 2002 in Denver, Colorado with Kentucky-bred geldings, George and Frank.

In the mid 1980s, Glasscock completed a horseback trek from the arctic to the equator.

The Long Riders Guild says it believes Glasscock is the oldest person to attempt this type of overland journey.