Saturday February 5 2011
Ride Manager Ray Sansom summed up day 2 of the Springdale Romp at the ride meeting/awards dinner: "The good news is: it's getting nicer! The bad news is: everything's leaking!"
It was almost balmy this morning, at 11*, but it was the absence of a gale that helped matters a lot. Still a breeze, and still biting cold, but if you survived yesterday, it was nothing. Sue Summers loaned me her Carharts for standing out on the desert shooting horses and riders, and boy did they feel good, though I still hunkered down in the car between riders.
It's not the weather keeping these hardy souls from riding in the Springdale Romp; it's the weather still keeping many from getting here. People are still calling and emailing the Sansoms and saying, "We're still planning to come! We're still trying to get out!" A couple of people arrived late at night. Some will probably wait till Monday for the start of the second 3-day (it's actually two separate 3-day rides; Thursday-Friday-Saturday was the first; Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday is the second; 35 and 50 or 55 miles each day).
8 of 9 finished the LD, and 17 of about 19 finished the 55 miler.
Many more photos from the day at: