Thursday, August 8, 2013
2013 City of Rocks Day 2
Thursday August 8 2013
Day 2 was my first 50 mile ride on Bodie. It was a most interesting day to say the least.
The first 5 miles were, well, 5 miles I would rather have skipped. Bodie was on another planet. Linda (riding Tex with us) said I was riding 4 different horses. It sure felt like I was riding 4 different horses doing 4 different things at the same time. I did manage to stay on.
We eventually got through that and I was finally back on the real Bodie.
Then on loop 3, Linda got sick. So sick she had to be rescued by some people in a truck. I ponied her horse for 8 miles back to camp. We got caught in a thunderstorm, and most of you know how scared I am of lightning. And I discovered Bodie is afraid of thunder. It was exciting for a while! We hunkered down with our butts to the wind with 2 other riders, Sandy and Kaylee (thank you guys for waiting for me!!)
The rest of the ride/ponying went well, and Bodie actually finished in 7th place. Here are some photos of the most interesting day!
Bodie and Tex up on top of this steep-*ss hill that Linda made me get off and walk up leading my horse. (Actually she didn't make me; she said she was going to get off and walk, so I did too!)
One of the lovely trails in the Raft river mountains.
Tex and Bodie sharing a bucket of feed at the first vet check
Bodie and Tex with their butts turned to the howling wind and pounding rain.
More to come!