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post #1 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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How far do you guys...

How far do you guys drive to your endurance rides? I'm in NC and it seems like there are only rides in Asheville, which isn't exactly close to me. I think it's like 3-4 hours away. It seems like a long way to drive for my first LD, and too far to volunteer to get the feel of it as well.

The thought is just frustrating me. So how far do you guys drive to an endurance ride?
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 05:20 PM
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This is my problem as well. I just don't have it in me to drive for hours to ride for hours; at least not on a regular basis. So I have given up on the endurance riding idea and I just ride for fun at home and close by - within an hour to an hour and a half. Any further than that and it's an overnight for me.

It just depends how much you really want to take part in particular events. I know at rides that I have gone to, and from people that I know, it is common for riders to travel over 3 hours and more to get out to events.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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I actually just found two rides in VA that were an hour from me in 2013, but still it seems like most of them are 3-4 hours away if not more, and I haven't found any close ones for the 2014 season. I could see myself eventually going that far but not for my first few rides! I'm hoping there will be closer rides cropping up.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 07:29 PM
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I've driven 14 hours to a CTR once. A day two day.

Most of my rides are at least six hours away; some are almost eight.

We always arrive a day or two early.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 10:28 PM
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I'm in middle Tennessee and in the same boat. I am going to try and do my first LD in April in KY, which is 1.5-2 hrs away. I too cannot drive all over the Southeast:)
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-20-2014, 01:38 PM
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Most rides for us are 4-5 hours away. The closest is 3. The farthest we have gone so far is 8.

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post #7 of 17 Old 01-20-2014, 03:29 PM
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The closest ride to me is almost 3 hours away and I've been either volunteering or riding there for many years. Either to volunteer or ride, I arrive the day before and I get a chance to meet and mingle with managers and arriving riders. I camp on the spot. Next day is the ride. Then travel back home the same day. It makes a nice vacation week end!

Other rides are 4-5 hours or more away. I've volunteered to a ride over 7 hours away (yes, I'm crazy... but it was the National Championship and I was Team Manager)

The thought of traveling shouldn't be a source of frustration, it's actually part of the fun. I got into this to ride in different places I couldn't discover otherwise.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-20-2014, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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I just meant it was frustrating for my first few rides. I don't want to drive 4 hours and then my horse is like nuh uh let's go home. I think it would totally be fun if I got into it though. :) And mostly I was just curious about how far you guys drove to the rides.
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 10:05 AM
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I live in know how many endurance rides are here....None, zip, zilch. I will have to travel on average 5 hours or more to rides. I also trail ride. The closest place is 50 min away and up to 2-3 hours away. Otherwise I'm stuck looking at my roads and woods around where I live. I just look at it like a mini vacation :). I plan to always arrive as early as possible to a race and leave as late as possible.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 10:15 AM
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Most of the time, you stay over to give the horse a rest before and after a ride, anyway. So, a few hours drive is not that bad. For me, the hard part is taking down camp! I am tired, sore and filthy, and I do not feel like loading all that stuff up!!

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