from Karen Chaton's blog
June 5, 2009
I haven’t been able to keep up with photos or anything this week, too busy riding and getting everything done.
I’m sure those of you who have been to multidays know what it is like. It’s a lot of work to take care of yourself and two horses plus ride 50 miles a day and have very much time left for anything else.
I’ve been having a great week so far and have ridden Chief 150 miles (wow, already!?!). He is doing very well and I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. I have so many great memories riding my horses on these trails. Chief also has memories as it is clearly obvious that he remembers the trails. This year we haven’t been able to do one of the passes and whenever we pass by that area where the turn would have been Chief lets me know it by turning his head and neck and repeatedly looking, as if to ask “are you sure we’re going right?”. He is a pretty smart horse and I have to give him credit for doing that. He also has alerted me to sighting a big buck the other day and wild horses today. His ears are like radar!
I have so many photos but the internet has been iffy so I won’t even try to post them yet. The wildflowers this year are about the best I remember ever seeing on this ride. Lots of grass for the horses, and fantastic scenery. Riders from all over are having a great time and enjoying the ride.
This is a challenging ride with lots of climbing. Tons of hills - with long, long downhills so each day the numbers are dwindling. We have still had a really good turnout all things considered. Today there were around 60 riders. I’ll try to get the results posted as soon as I can. We’ve been giving some stuff to Steve Bradley to send on so check ridecamp for more info there.