Snow in Donner pass area, but nowhere near as unfriendly as it got for those traveling later that afternoon!Funder just a phone call away and she quickly sent me the correct GPS address (totally not the one I had), which I was thrilled to plug into my GPS until said apparatus answered me immediately back with "6 hours and 31 minutes until your destination." I tried not to crash my truck in Reno traffic while figuring out how this could be possible, no really, HOW COULD THIS BE POSSIBLE??!?!
Just before total meltdown one last frantic glance at the GPS showed the tiny bicycle icon was lit up.
Huh. Hmm. Well, let's Push "car."
"51 minutes until your destination."
Ride camp! :D
Enough about my trials, what really matters is that Scrappy gets food, and lots of it, at all times. The first mash of many, then:
J's Chiefy looking good
Keeping an eye on those things, just in case
Not only did this ride camp have a free hot shower, it also had an arena for turn out! Luxury. Scrappy had a roll and followed me around and only trotted if I clapped at him, seemingly quite steady and content as ever. (little did I know!)
playing with pretty boots
Vet checks were 1 hr hold at 25 miles, 15 minutes at 42 miles, both in camp, tack on, and I want to say 68 pulse criteria at the finish within the hour? Sounded high but I think that's what I heard. It got seriously cold as soon as the sun was down and the chihuahua and I headed for our cozy bed in the tent pretty quickly.
Late night check on Scrappy revealed stars and moon were out! Huzzah!
Look it's Mel! This was about all I saw of her until ride dinner that night, she's a bit faster ;-)
riding with K and Cody
shows pre-ride and Vet check 1
"Lovely views to be contemplating your death in..."
Honestly, Scrappy, camp is not that far away and we *will survive*
after check 2
Our final vet out was good, 56 pulse and As with the exception of a bit of soreness on his back where my seat bones were. This is new. I am thinking two things:
1)I've always considered riding with a crupper since he is so nice and round and flat and the saddle does move a bit, and that was a hilly ride..introduce crupper time?
2) he was traveling high headed and hollow from excitement and the hackamore didn't do anything for that so, possible cause of back soreness-- AND, address headgear for frisky ride starts?? Experiment with bits?
The neighbors generator went on at 5 am about 50 feet from my head on Sunday morning so I was up and packed and hitting the road with the sunrise.
Nevada Derby 50 miler professional ride photos by Baylor/Gore: