Skipping ahead to the punchline:
we finished our second ride of the year, 55 miles, at Mount Adams
|Fiddle heads out on loop #3 with some of the competition for the |
Endurance Standardbred Award: Heather and Bunny (pink) and Syd and Kandi.
Bunny won the award in 2013 and 2014.
Photo by Sierra Westlake
But of course, the weekend isn't just about riding.
|How much stuff can we cram into |
the tack room of my tiny trailer?
The weekend starts before we leave home!
|Patty shoves in a few more buckets|
|A little more...a little more...a little mo--okay, whoa!|
When we get to camp, we unload the trailer and the truck.
|All that stuff came out of the dressing room. Roo helped.|
Then it's time to set stuff up. The horse corrals go up first, of course.
|Waiting for carrots. Waiting. Waiting. PATIENTLY WAITING.|
Du's tent is pretty awesome.
I think it's also slightly larger than my first apartment.
|This tent has a front deck and a back garage--you're supposed to put your bike|
in the back, out of the rain. We put other stuff there.
I opted to set up a bed in the horse trailer.
|The SS Illegible, cleaned out and ready |
for weekend lodgers
|First, a floor mat|
|Next, the mattress. This is the mattress out of a friend's|
RV. It has a "weather resistant" cover, so it's pretty
easy to keep clean.
|Our clothing bags go up front|
|Eggcrate and memory foam for extra comfort|
|A cheap thrift store blanket, easy to clean when we|
get home. This also adds "grip" so the sleeping bags on the
next layer don't slither off the mattress.
|Top layers: a sleeping bag, topped by a down comforter,|
another sleeping bag, and another cheap blanket,
with a floofy dog as the cherry on top.
|On the short side wall, extra flashlights and hooks for coats and hats.|
Once the beds are set up, we put the kitchen together.
|An ancient three-burner Coleman stove. I learned to cook on a stove just like this.|
|A propane camping oven--excellent for baking potatoes and yams.|
While we are working, folks come visiting.
|You gotz the carrots unpacked yet?|
|Come back little deer! I'z gonna make espresso!|
|Postcard: Wish You Were Here.|
Finally comes the riding part!
|Heading out for a shakedown on Friday morning|
|Good footing (except for the rocks) and excellent trail marking!|
And we talk to everybody!
|Sherri found her old showing coat in a closet and figured I should wear it.|
Totally Sgt Peppers? AWESOME!
Soon enough, it's ride day.
|I don't take many pictures of the early loops because the light is pretty dim.|
The photo doesn't show Mount Adams, which is enormous, and positioned
right between Fiddle's ears!
Out on the trail:
|The red loop through the burn|
|Sunshine! We had rain forecast, but it missed us.|
|HAM radio crews help keep us safe. Communications via cell phone are|
spotty in this part of the world.
|More trail, more sunshine.|
|Up the big hill. We walk all the steep stuff on hot days.|
|Is this a 75-mile ride???|
|Official Ride Photo by Jessica Wynne|
|The new "Morrison" loop was the prettiest.|
Back in camp, I saw a horse who reminded me of Baasha.
|Not just because he's grey, although most greys look alike to me!|
This horse had such a sweet inquisitive face, he reminded me
SO MUCH of lytha's horse.
|You can pay $43 for a foam roller, or you can borrow one of Roo's toys|
to roll out your sore muscles. You were planning to throw that thing, right?
And the next morning: awards!
|Ride manager Darlene snagged a purple bucket just for me!|
|At the campfire, necessities were provided.|
And on the way home, we stopped for the traditional Survivor's Brunch.
|Cinnamon roll the size of my head.|
But it's Good.