If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.
Awareness of the outside world. Two days of over an hour in the saddle has tightened my lower back to the point of pain. I’m okay as long as I am careful with certain movements. For example, rotating my head to look down is OUT. Makes me less interested in watching the circus, excuse me, following the news.
More time required; less time available.
The walking. So much walking. Both horses doing well with the current emphasis on relaxation, but rides take proportionally longer.
Shorter days, less daylight. Weekends becoming the only time we can fit in long rides.
Shorter days, colder mornings. I realize 48 degrees is nothing to folks north of me. It requires adjustment when an eyeblink ago we were fighting 90+ degrees.
No problem, just more planning.
Cal2, mile 78. Image source & additional info, The Tevis Cup: Peachstone/Cal-2
Wednesday, September 30. Today 2.59 miles. Total 73 miles. Time 1 hour 2 min. Pace 24 minpermile/2.5 mph. Technically 23:58 pace. Usually lop off. Rounding up feels more accurate in this case. This view may be back over our virtual shoulder, so say my notes. Not sure why.
Thursday, October 1. Today 2.06 miles. Total 76 miles. Time 49 min. Pace 24 minpermile/2.5 mph.
Saturday, October 3. Today 3.96 miles. Total 79 miles. Time 1 hour 37 min. Pace 24 minpermile/2.5 mph. Total is 79.99 miles. The GPS giveth; the GPS taketh away.
Screenshot Streetview following a different trail on this section. I was impressed with our progress along the map.
Stay safe. Stay sane.