Linda & I had been marking 25-miles of trail up at Victoria for a two-day CT ride. We were done later in the afternoon & Linda was heading home for dinner. I decided to do the entire trail again, only in reverse. Linda - thinking I was nuts - said; "Fine, I'll come back & check on you after dinner." Her timing was so impeccable that her headlights hit me in the eyes as we were coming out of the woods. It was a good feeling to know that I could do it & Alexi could do it!
|Pre-ride Vet in~|
|Ride Info. Sheet|
|Us on the left - leaving on the first loop~|
I was really enjoying the views when we finally came to a water tank & sign that said; "In/Out". Hum... I guess I want to go "in" to the Vet Check - right? (I have no sense of direction.) So away we went! I'd ridden quite a way - thinking that things were too familiar? I looked ahead to see my own glove laying on the ground! That was - as they say - an "OH NO" moment! It was an 16-mile loop! I was approaching that water tank again... when I saw dust in the distance & here came my friend Liz with Don Skinner - just finishing the second 12.5 mile loop! They hailed; "Come with us! No one will ever know! You've done the miles!" Well, yes I had - but I'd also missed the Vet check!
|Our professional photo~|
Demoralized? How many ways can you say it? I was tired, Alexi was tired & we were ready to be Done! But - I'm a Cowgirl @ heart & I've never been a quitter - so we started back out. As we were leaving - Barbara Holmes-Balmer was also leaving camp on her amazing mare Roc-ette. She introduced herself & said; "If your mare can keep up with mine - I'll ride with you - I'm sure you could use the company!" Oh -yes... I could! I was so thankful for her support - I decided right then - that there were some people in the sport worth knowing! We trotted & trotted & trotted. About 4-miles out of camp, I knew we were slowing Barbara down, so told her to go on in, I dismounted & started for the finish line on foot. Alexi had done everything I'd asked of her & much more...
So - it was on foot that I finished that first ride! As I approached the finish line & could see a group of people standing there & before long I could hear them whooping, yelling & applauding!? Barbara was there - with several of her friends, a beer in one hand & a V-8 in the other - asking me which I preferred first? :-) I was almost in tears over her kindness & support!
|The back of our card~|
|Alexi, Connie & Abby|
|Animal House Ride Camp~|