|Butch trots Farah out for BC (Photo by Jessica Anderson)|
Pulling into ride camp after several grueling hours of watching Butch maneuver us safely through lots & lots of traffic, we looked for a place to park. Not less than FOUR people approached our rig as Butch was jockeying here/there - to find that spot - approached his door to tell him that "You can't park there!" So much for the "comradery"... By the time the fourth person had said that - we were both pretty well... well... The middle of the field looked by then - like the "perfect" spot! We sat up our camp within shouting distance of Anne-Marie & Lisa - who actually welcomed us to the neighborhood! No longer on any team - we fend for ourselves :-)
|Farah enjoys lunch after the ride~|
Before too long, we heard a horse come up behind us. After a few miles, we made introductions - as it was obvious that the three horses were all fit & would be together on the trail. The trail was easy to follow, footing was good - but dry & hard, with loose rock in places. When we arrived at the first of the water tanks I was surprised when the front runner said he was passing up the water & was that "OK"? No, I always offer water when it's there.
I was riding with a heart monitor for the first time & could see that Farah was traveling well within the parameters that I'd read were in the "normal" range. When we arrived at the VC, it was wonderful to have Butch there to take the reins & cool her down. We pulsed two-minutes behind our traveling companions. No surprise to me - since I have learned that Farah's recoveries are Not Khari's! I'd forgotten the stomach buffer that I use with electrolytes, so had that little nagging worry in the back of my mind. She ate well & was drinking just fine, but the pace was faster than I would have liked. I was actually glad that we left out of the VC on our own - Farah settled into her pace & we were having our best time of the day.
It wasn't long before we caught up to the second place rider, then began seeing bikes & hikers on the trail. We were polite, but some of these other trail users seemed irritated that we were there at all... Farah took over her favored lead position.
|Bare Bones 30-mi. My 310XT tract|
Butch got back just as I was heading to our camp to clean Farah up for BC judging. We both worked the hour, while Farah consumed her mash & hay.
|Farah & Butch|
Farah did it all, did it well & gave me another amazing ride! Big heartfelt THANK YOU to the amazing man I married! I wouldn't & couldn't do it without YOU!