I spend 90% of my time riding alone. My wife and daughter are both arena riders without much interest in going "out there" I rode my 4 YO 200 miles last year and we are almost at 100 miles this year and it is only early June. I usually tell my wife I am headed out for a ride, but beyond that, she has no clue. I take with me my wallet(drivers license), cell phone on my belt, water bottle, knife, often a firearm. In the saddlebags is a handkercheif, TP, lighter, paracord, hoof pick, and additional bug repellent. I have explored the hills/mountains all around my farm on horseback in all four seasons.
Life is like a bronc ride. You gotta hang on, ride it out, and Let er buck!!!!!