Where I was smiling for miles! I mounted up, not expecting anything special - just a nice ride. Instead - Farah gave me special! For whatever reason, on this somewhat gray day - my mare was on her A- game! Loose rein from the get-go, it was one of those times where I just sat back & enjoyed the ride! :-)
There were a few rigs in the parking area - more than usual again - especially since it felt cold - after yesterday's stellar, warm, sunshine. I met two riders on their way back, as we were going up to the monument.
Farah enjoys "lunch"
Setting a super nice pace on our way up, trotting along at 8.3 + it didn't take us much time to reach the top & have lunch!
Over Lake McMurrary
We continued on - I didn't plan to be out too long, but since Farah was on a mission, maintaining our pace & increasing it as the miles ticked by - we went on down to the bottom of the big hill
& out the long road to the gate at 300th.
From the bottom - looking back up~
By the gate, I was at 10.15 miles. The climb back up to the top of the hill was just over two-miles. We did our run & I was surprised there too, since our top speed increased :-) (There's been a lot of discussion lately about the accuracy of a Garmin GPS unit vs. a smartphone app. The Garmin wins for accuracy. I know riders who use their smartphone apps & always show more mileage than I do over the same route.) Over the years & the miles I've logged - I've found the Garmin to be reliably accurate - matching stats with other Garmin users & over the same route, on different rides. If you're interested in recording accurate mileage - the Garmin - or a dedicated GPS unit - is the way to go.