Got Dream out for a ride yesterday. The wind had helped dry things up a bit (I stayed upright checking the water ), but the footing for the most part was still sloppy. I figured if we were going to be walking, we may as well be walking uphill.
Headed over to some trails I haven't been on since last season. This was the same area they had been logging, so the trails had been a big mess last I was there. However, the logging is done and I am guessing hunters wanting to use ATVs had gotten the trails cleared of the scrap downed trees, etc. The footing is much rockier than it used to be from the soil being so disturbed, but I had booted Dream expecting that.
Despite having had success keeping the boots on during previous rides, I did lose one this ride. Poor boot didn't stand a chance when Dream, in a sudden burst of excitement, asked to move out going up the climb the second time and I let her.. the cantering wasn't so much the issue as the crow hopping in terms of the boot staying put. When I went to replace it, I realized a screw had come out totally. I put it back on anyway and amazingly, it stayed in place for the 3 miles home!
Should just need another screw and washer and be as good as new. And only 3 weeks till the farrier comes and everyone gets shod!!
It's raining yet again today, so won't be riding. Have Thursday off, so hoping the weather cooperates (though right now it's supposed to snow, so doesn't sound very promising at all)..
01/09/14 dream 6.04 miles 4.7 mph 16.59 total miles
01/10/14 dream 2.51 miles 3.8 mph 19.10 total miles
01/13/14 dream 10.03 miles 5.0 mph 29.13 total miles