In which it's not really "solo" if a friend goes along for the ride
Fiddle and I try to get out on the trails at least twice a week, just to stay sane.
We both need to be surrounded by trees and NOT surrounded by walls as much as possible...
...and besides, it's quiet out there. No computers, no phones (cell phones work only intermittently on our regular training routes), no machines of any kind....
|it's a pump rig, for fire suppression|
...unless you count logging machines.
|She gave it a few freight-train-esque dragon snorts, |
and then decided that it was mostly harmless.
This rather odd contraption has been parked in the middle of our trail for a couple of weeks. Yesterday when we were in that area, we found out why: they've started logging that sector. I took really lousy video of the tree cutting and processing with my phone, but it doesn't show the action and noise very well. You can see and hear the same kind of activity more clearly on the videos that I included in THIS 2011 POST.
|(and please note the actions of Team Sensible in the linked videos:|
calm, unworried. I love this mare!)
I get a lot of queries about riding alone, especially from other riders.
They look around, always a little frantically. Then comes the question:
"You're all alone?"
Nope. I brought my horse with me today.
I dearly love riding with the Usual Suspects. However, Fee and I both really enjoy the hours that we spend out on the trail "solo." Except, of course, they we aren't all alone. We have each other.
Just to make sure that we don't accidentally bring an unwelcome companion...
|We've all been the Bad Idea Fairy, but there's no reason to do |
dumb stuff if you can plan around it!
Image by Monica Bretherton
...we always file a "flight plan" with at least two other people so that somebody knows where we are, where we're going, the route we intend to take, and our expected arrival time back in the World.
...we head out onto the trails. That blue sky won't last forever, and we are determined to enjoy it while we've got it.
It's good. It's really, really good.