Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 – Another Rainy Day

Another cold, wet rainy day, we stayed in and mostly just watched Netflix and rested. Gotta have a rain day every once in a while, even in Florida!

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 – Rainy Day

No ride today, it rained all day, which was fine, I did some laundry and housework and rested a bit after our long ride yesterday!

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 – 18 ½ miles In Less Than Three Hours!

Wow, what a ride! Today's goal was to increase the distance stretches of our faster gait, and Flash behaved beautifully! We started out crossing Indiantown road and following the canal down to the Loxahatchee Slough canal, but rather than go into the Slough trails, we kept straight on to the main canal. I've been trying to settle on a regular loop so that we can use it consistently to increase our speed and time, and this is a good one, the only road I have to cross is Indiantown where it is two-lane. From the main canal we cut into the north end part of the trail at Riverbend, then through the tunnel under Indiantown and straight back home through Cypress Creek. Now this is living! A beautiful 18.5 mile ride without traffic and without having to cross any roads except one! I think this will become our training loop for the time being, at least until I get thoroughly bored with it (which probably won't take long 🙂 ). The only complication was that there was a tree down along the last section of canal before getting home, and I tried to break enough branches off to get around it, and managed to get Flash around it on foot, though we had to step off the edge of the canal in order to make it around. Still got back in plenty of time to get Hubby to his dialysis session, and I went to Carson's Tavern for a quick Guinness before picking him up. It's kind of a pain having such a late appointment at the dialysis center, by the time we get home it's half past eight, and dinner after nine. We're hoping we can get earlier chair times eventually!

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 – Planned Ride Gets Rained Out

I got up early and got all dressed up for a long ride, only to walk out into the ever-increasing rain of the day. Much as I wanted to exercise Flash, I wasn’t about to catch pneumonia doing it, so after feeding everyone, I changed back into lounging clothes and we spent the “rain day” inside watching Netflix.

Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 – Dialysis and Feed Store Run

Not much happening today, just a stop at the Feed Store and Hubby’s dialysis. Very happy to be in South Florida, though, the rest of the country is in a Polar Vortex!

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 – Another 15+ mile Ride on Flash

The day was windy today, so I was expecting a bit of trouble from Flash today, but hoping for the best, of course. I decided today to do one of my previous loops in reverse, heading out towards Cypress Creek first, where we reached the Mack Dairy Rd. Intersection just as a very large, old noisy truck arrived as well, and it kind of freaked Flash out a bit. I had to fight with him to get him across the road, even having to dismount to accomplish it in the end. We traveled quickly to the tunnel under Indiantown road, and continued through all of Riverbend, where Flash once again decided to rush his way all the way through it, almost all 4.5 miles of it. I almost get the impression there's something there that bothers him, maybe spirits from the old battlefield there or something freaky like that. I don't know, he just loves to go fast through there, don't know if it's because he loves it or hates it! He shied quite a bit because of all the waving palm fronts and windy litter that kept him anxious, and when we got to Jupiter Farms Road, he started to refuse to cross over the bridge, insisting on going across the road instead. Fortunately, the traffic around here is very good about slowing for horses, so once again I had to dismount and get him past the trouble spot. The construction was even more intense today, so I led him through it until we were clear of it, then finally mounted and headed back west along the canal. We once again did quite a bit of his nice cordo gait, so we made good time, and when we finally reached the crossover on Indiantown Road, it was clear of traffic and he was cooperative. In the end, the 15+ miles were done in less than three hours, so he's obviously getting fitter, as am I! A few chores and then we settled down for the evening.

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 – Dialysis, Shopping, Busy

Refreshed after our (mostly) day off, today we had a lot of running around, shopping and dialysis to keep us busy.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 – Rest Day

Slept late after getting woken up early by a heavy rain storm, but fell asleep after it went through. Decided to take the day off, except for some laundry, finishing off Downton Abbey and watching the ends of a couple of NFL playoff games before heading off to bed.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 – Short Ride w/Hubby

After a quiet morning, I managed to get Hubby up on Flash (though he was feeling a bit weak, I persuaded him to try it anyway), and he wanted to go as far down the Indiantown Grade to the west as possible, with an eye toward getting to Pratt-Whitney Road. We ended up getting about halfway there before he got too tired to continue, so we headed back. Flash was brilliant, staying at a nice walk the entire way, something I could be hard-pressed to do with him, as he usually insists on going faster. It's almost like he knows Hubby needs special care, and gives it to him. Apollo was sluggish, with more reluctance than usual, probably because brother Jeff tried to ride him last week and he resisted, and my brother wasn't able to get him going, so Apollo thought he got away with something, and he was trying the same thing with me. Of course, he didn't get away with it with me, but it made him crankier than usual, and we had a bit of a fight along the way until he finally settled down. Everybody got home in one piece, with Hubby feeling the workout, which is a good thing. Got the horses put away and settled down for the rest of the day, with showers and laundry on the menu!

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 – Work and Dialysis

Got a call for Hubby to get an early chair at dialysis, so we headed out early, with a stop at Copley’s RV in Hobe Sound to theoretically pick up a part for my plumbing situation, but unfortunately, nothing they ordered was the right part, so that was a waste of time. Spent the whole session out in the waiting room trying to get caught up on some bookkeeping before we headed home, arriving in daylight for a nice change!