Saturday September 19 2009
The Virginia City 100 is one of the toughest endurance rides in the U.S. (held for the 42nd time this year) and takes in the whole flavor and history of the Wild West: it starts in front of the Delta Saloon on main street of Virginia City, Nevada at 5 AM, passes old gold and silver mines, travels through wild horse country, and finishes in the Virginia City cemetary (a few riders saw ghosts early in the morning!)
It is always a hard ride, but for whatever reasons - weather? more rocks? tougher trail? ghosts? - only 18 finished out of 42 starters. I rode it and finished in 2002, and a few times during the day this year I was a wee bit jealous of riders on the trail. Come about 11 PM, when the first riders hadn't finished yet, and I was about to crawl into my sleeping bag, I wasn't so jealous. (I had, of course, brought my helmet and chaps and Raven, just in case a horse turned up : ). Maybe next year : )
Here's a taste of the trail.
Loop 1 in the morning.
Wild horses on Loop 1.
On Loop 1 near Washoe Lake.
Trotting out at a vet check in camp.
Connie Creech finished and earned her NINETEENTH BUCKLE! (meaning - she's completed the ride 19 times!)
Karen Chaton, running on foot down the rocky road off of loop 1. Notice Tigger is spooking at something.
Heading out on Loop 2 above Virginia City.
Most of Virginia City appears to be built on mine slag heaps!
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