Friday August 9 2013
I rode Bodie today on Day 4 of the City of Rocks Pioneer Trails endurance ride - the real Bodie who was on this planet with me (see 2013 City of Rocks Day 2 to know what I mean about the other planetary Bodie).
We waited till most of the riders were out, then we followed 3 calm horses and riders out onto the trail at a walk; and we walked on by them for another half mile, then picked up a nice trot, and away we went. Bodie sure saved himself a lot of wasted energy by staying calm, cool, and collected. He felt great and looked good all day.
We rode the Circle Creek High Trail (see a cool video from last year of this high trail here) to about 7500 feet to a cool and refreshing spring at Indian Grove in the Albion mountains, then rode back down-down-down to camp. I discovered Bodie is a Downhill horse (not so much uphill) - sure footed, and he can boogie downhill!
Loop 2 was a nice not-so-hot loop out on the flats - aided by a rather strong breeze that kept the heat down. And we finished our second 50-mile ride together. Yay Bodie!
Here are a few pix from the day:
Up top is about 6000 feet near the Tea Kettle (climbing rock)
Bodie and I are on the right. Bodie (!) and Kelly are on the left! She called hers the Evil Bodie. We saw them again near the end of the ride, and her Bodie was still full of himself! This photo is in Circle Creek valley - we climbed that mountain above our heads!
Back down in Circle Creek after coming down the mountain.
Bodie was afraid of this woman's helmet!
On the stretch back home, along the Salf Lake Cut Off (emigrant) trail
Bodie and The Raven finished their second 50-mile ride together!