Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 – Long Ride and Dinner with The Boys

Another beautiful Florida morning, crisp and cool then warming up later. I saddled up Flash early and headed out for our 18.5 mile loop to Riverbend Park. I checked his leg for warmth and swelling, and felt very little, so I just wrapped it up nice and hit the trail. It must not have bothered him much, because almost every time I gave him a loose rein without instruction, he decided to speed up. He's gotten great about not reacting to birds jumping out of the canal at him, and at one point, I think he was even having a race with an ibis that kept moving out in front of us, for a much longer distance than usual. We saw lots of wildlife today, lots of birds, a couple of alligators, a bright green iguana, and finally, the pink bird we saw Sunday, though I'm not sure it's an ibis now, it has a rather strange, shoehorn shaped bill, which, with a little research on the internet, turns out to be a roseate spoonbill. Flash was brilliant, with several nice canters, and once again, when we were finished, his ankle felt only slightly warm, so it's obviously not bothering him much, though I'll keep an eye on it. I was back by noon, so Hubby and I enjoyed a nice brunch together, then we went into town for a doctor's appointment for his back (we're hoping to get some injections in order to get some long-term relief), then met both brothers and my new sister-in-law at Jeff's favorite restaurant, Rancho Chico in Tequesta for a nice meal. I splurged on a strawberry margarita (well, two, actually) and had a good time all around. A very nice day!

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