The Beginning, Virtual Trail Report, Tevis Sippy Cup, Rodney, Miles 95 to 100, November 2020
Awareness of the outside world. As promised, I will adopt 100 feet of trail. Or I will, as soon as I can get the form printed. Really! Promise! Who uses paper forms anymore?! [Sippy Cup]
Since we were not waiting for the clockpuncher to be off from work, Rodney and I finished our mileage with several short rides. I am loving riding every day. Rodney is thinking that a daily mile is not the worst thing that ever happened to a horse. I plan (hope) to keep up the practice over the winter. There may be a wax on/wax off hidden benefit. Or it may simply be a pleasant way to spend time.
We thought Milton might squeak under the wire for the original deadline of November 9th. Alas, he put himself back on injured reserve. More on this tomorrow. With only 7.36 miles to go and over a month to do it in, we expect him to make the extended deadline. Crosses fingers. [Extension, The Temporary Pull]
Finish line, 100 miles. Image source & additional photos, The Tevis Cup: Finish Line.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Rodney today 1/2 lap warm up in hand, not counted. Tracker program was speaking kilograms and wouldn’t reset. Three laps tracked at 1.64 km = 1.019 miles. The same ride that tracked 0.98 the day before. Pacing, walking. Total 95.7.
Outstanding! The sort of simple, quiet ride that has eluded us for so many years.
Although at the end of the second lap, Rodney floated the argument that three laps meant three total, including the warm-up lap, rather than three ridden, not counting the warm-up lap in hand. Nice try. Keep moving.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020. 0. Planned to ride. Ended up hunting down the last bag of Starch Wise in four counties. Farthest I’ve been from the house in months.
Thursday, November 5, 2020. Rodney today 1/2 lap warm up in hand, not counted. Three laps tracked at .99 miles. Pacing, walking. Total Total 96.7.
Another quiet ride. Yay! #squadgoals.
Friday, November 6, 2020. Rodney today 1 warm up lap in hand, not counted. Flat section laps, 1.7. Total 98.3.
Because going around the pasture wasn’t easy enough, we went back & forth on the flatter part of the field. In return, I squeezed in a few more feet in hopes of f-i-n-i-s-h-i-n-g tomorrow before Rodney or the universe got any ideas.
Saturday, November 7, 2020. Rodney today 1 warm up lap in hand, not counted, More flat section laps, mostly. 1.7 miles of which 1.681 counted. Total 100!
Milton came out to graze while we walked back and forth. Rodney was not pleased. I sympathized. Back in college, I always had classes with papers due at the end of the term. I would be in my room, struggling with 10 pages on the Gratuitous Use of the Word Belgium in Early Modern Screenplays while outside my window, people were celebrating and partying and packing to go home. Not fun times. Milton and his groom went back to the barn so we could finish in peace and then came out to cheer us over the finish line.
Stay safe. Stay sane.