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    03-17-2010, 06:28 PM
We often do a run into maccas, or to my house for food. We used to go through the drive through but they stopped that for OH&S, so now we just park them in a parking spot. We also run the greenways along the more major roads, but also ride the footpaths - it makes for a very interesting ride being able to see into peoples backyards!
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    03-17-2010, 10:29 PM
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While T has never objected or shown any issues with riding in all kinds of weather (or along side highways), I finally found my weak spot.

We were riding up north in the mountains (near Flagstaff, the other side of Eustis for my fellow Mainers) and a sudden lightening storm struck. I have never felt fear like I did that day. Lightening was all around us. T was fine. I turned her and put her in a good extended trot and down the mountain we went!

I think because I had been caught in a field with heat lightening (you know the lovely sideways moving stuff) while trying to bring in and save some alfalfa hay the week before. It has stayed with me . Soon as I hear thunder in the distance, whether I'm kayaking, riding , hiking, biking, doesn't matter I feel fear sear right through me.

So RiosDad, my hat is off to you. I don't think I could even bring myself to put myself under a big ole tree! I do love to ride in the rain, just not while there's any lightening.
    03-17-2010, 11:54 PM
While I don't think Romeo would have a single issue in a hard core texas storm...I would! Im a pansy when it gets cold! I prefer to stay home and snuggle under a blanket or see my boyfriend and snuggle with him!

I keep waiting for a day when one of my weather bets goes south though. Ill know its suppose to start pouring buckets but if its not raining when I leave I go! So far I've never been rained on....would be nice to see how romeo would do....
    03-18-2010, 08:39 AM
Originally Posted by Pidge    
! I prefer to stay home and snuggle under a blanket or see my boyfriend and snuggle with him!

Ladies listen to her. She has words of wisdom.. More people should think that way.
    03-19-2010, 11:00 AM
A few years ago we showed up at a trailhead for a Laborday weekend pack trip into the wilderness. As we were packing the horses, it started to rain and snow. We sat in the truck for an hour, trying to decide if we wanted to ride the 10+ miles into the mountain lake in the storm. Kinda hoping the storm would blow past and we could ride in. We finally came to the decision that we had driven several hours to get here, so rain and snow or not, we got on the horses and off we rode. By time we got to the camp site. There was 8" of snow on the ground. We were at 11,000 foot elevation. We scraped off the snow and pitched a tent, threw our sleeping bags inside. Tied the horses in a stand of spruce trees and crawled in our sleeping bags and tried to warm up after sitting in the saddle for several hours in driving snow.

Next morning we woke up to a magnificent sight. The meadow was all white and covered in snow, But the sun was out and the it warmed up to a very comfortable temp. The snow melted and was gone in a few hours and we enjoyed the next couple of days, so happy that we had not turned around and gone home.

So there are times when putting up with some bad weather in the saddle brings some great rewards.
    03-19-2010, 04:58 PM
Ladies listen to her. She has words of wisdom.. More people should think that way.
LOL not sure I would call them words of wisdom... I just know he is like a mini heater and when its cold he is the perfect snuggle device!

Are you saying you need more ladies to snuggle with RiosDad?
    03-19-2010, 10:17 PM
We had a pretty bad winter but not as bad as canadas! We had hail,more snow than I've ever seen! About 4-6 inches. I know not a lot but we havent got 2 inches of snow since the blizzard in 1994! Plus it got to record lows.
    03-19-2010, 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by chika1235    
we had a pretty bad winter but not as bad as canadas! S.
I live in southern Ontario and suprisingly we get very little snow. There was not more then 2 weeks when the snowmobiles could actually get out and run trail. I used my snow blower only 2 or 3 times.. Buffalo and alot of the american states below us get far more snow then we do. Certainly your Dekota's , Wyoming etc etc get far worse winter then we do. Utah makes us look like the tropics. We get very mild winters, much to my disliking. I love winter, it is a relaxing time and I love running in the snow.

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