The last couple of days have been rainy…..we needed the rain badly as we have not had any significant rain in about sixty days.
Satueday and Sunday brought us about 1.7 inches total here in the aridzona Virginia.
so Friday was the last day I got anything meaningful done here on the farm and Apache and I have been neglectful about walking….
We did try to go on Sunday and decided to try Washington Lacy park because it has the shortest loops and we could only get caught in a downpour so far from the vehicle.
About half way to ashland we drove into rain….it was light rain but fairly steady….we stopped at a couple of places in Ashland but it continued to rain.
so we headed on back home without walking….about half way home we drove out of the rain. We could have walked around here but the only place to walk is the roads
and I am not brave enough to walk the roads here especially with my walking companion along.
The lay off has demonstrated to me that the walking has been the key to my maintaining my weight loss. I have gained three or four pounds over the three days I have not walked.
Anyhow Memorial day was forecast to be a nice day…I decided I was not going to waste a nice day and hooked the trailer up Sunday afternoon…
I love to ride…but lately it is easy for other things to get in the way….Part of it is old age….I know I am not the rider I once was…
Walking I have to be careful not to fall off of my feet…bifocals and a declining sense of balance contribute to that was well as previously torn up ankles
Many folks are suprised to see a senior citizen riding alone….but too many times it is ride alone or stay the hell home…I am tired of stayin home and I have
a great deal of Confidence in Dr. Condi. She is becoming an excellent trail horse…not a dead head by any means but a steady and reliable mount. She confidently moves out alone
and if she sees something unusual she just stops and looks at it. Today at one point, we both heard something crashing thru the fairly thick brush on a hill side above and in front of us.
Neither one of us saw it and it made too much noise to be a deer. I suspect it was a bear…but it went the other way…people ask me why Dr. Condi always wears a bell.
The reason is unlike most people, I do not want to see a bear on the trail….
the trails at Trevillians opened this weekend and we had not been there since the last fourth of july.
There were a couple of trails we did not ride there that day so we thought we would do some scouting.
The day downed pretty as forecast and even a little cool. Had breakfast and fed Dixie and gave a handout to the others and shut the gate to Condis stall.
Gathered all my parphenalia while Dixie was eating. Once she was finished I turned her out with Pete and Condi stePped up in the trailer and we were on the road to Trevillians
just a little before eight. When we got there there was one other trailer in the lot but those riders were already on the trail. We never saw them but we did
see there tracks just about every where we went.
Condi and I were on the trail about nine am. We had not been out since the last Poor Peoples ride which was several weeks ago.
Dr. Condi was in professional mode and was as calm as if we had ridden yesterday… pretty quickly she had the stress falling off of me in chunks. I wrapped the
reins around the saddle horn while I familarized myself with the trail map. Dr. Condi had engaged her auto pilot and handled the navigation while I studied the map.
I remebered that there was one trail that was sort of damp the last time we rode there and wanted to avoid that one knowing that it would be difficult today.
We were sucessful in that endeavor and avoided that trail.
Below is a screen shot from Google Earth of the route we rode today…Best I can make out we rode the Red Trail, The Purple Trail and the Green Trail
Trevillians has a nice blend of lovely wooded trails that should be cool enough to ride even on hot days
and some more open trails that are vehicle wide.
Many of the trails had been freshly bush hogged
The green loop is one of those wide trails.
apparently the hunters and their four wheel drives really tore up the green trail this past wet fall….I recognize it because the logging roads I used to ride around here
are just about impassable on horseback now from the steady stream of trucks in the winter. I got a horse stuck in mud once in my life…not something I want to ever do again.
One side of the green loop had been regraded with a bull dozer. with the rain It was fairly sticky but not too deep. I just Gave Dr. Condi her head and let her pick her way through it
we were following the tracks of whomever had ridden out before us
We did have one little bit of excitement. We were near the end of the green loop when we came to a sort of Tee intersection and I missed seeing the trail marker.
I took a right when I should have taken a left….we had not gone too far when I realized we were approaching a home. I turned around to back track when a dog discovered us and
came running and barking. When he came into sight, I realized it was a pitt bull and He was not happy.
I let Dr. Condi into a slow gait to put some distance between us. Did not want to run and cause a chase reflex.
He did not back off. we turned to face him and I yelled and he did stop but he had his hackles up. and he bluff charged us a time or two.
I knew he was not going to bite my horse even if I had to kill him…but I could not figure out how I was going to kill him without turning her aloose. I did not want to turn her loose.
I had no idea how I would catch her if she were to be scared by a fight.
fortunately I managed to buffalo the dog several times until we had put some distance away from his home and he finally gave up the game. Dr. Condi handled it beautifully…
she put her trust in me that time…
When we were about a mile out from getting back to the parking lot we saw the first riders we saw all day….three folks heading out. another quarter of a mile and we met
three more outbound riders. When we got back to the parking lot there were three riders about to go out and there were seven trucks and trailers besides mine.
We did a total of 8.38 miles and had a wonderful time.
I had such an enjoyable day that after I did the chores and Apache and I were discussing supper…..I told him I was goiing to celebrate and go to El Azteca for a Texas Fajitao and a
frozen Margarita….I did and I really enjoyed it….nice ending to the best memorial day I have had in several years….