Archives for January 2017

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 – Ride Day around Hungryland WMA

Took our first ride together today with Hubby, though I did ride the same route back on Jan. 16 with brother Jeff and his boarder Amy and her retired racehorse Tommy. We just went back to the gazebo with the big tree in Hungryland, which is about an hour's ride at our usual pace, but it was well worth getting back in the saddle. Jeff did some great clearing of brush on the back of his property, and opened up a path to a gate which now opens up directly on to the canal, so we no longer have to go on the neighborhood roads at all! Very nice! Hubby and I are going to try to ride again later this week, in preparation for our big worldwind tour coming up. I can't believe it's almost here! We've been planning this for almost a year, and the logistics have been marvelously challenging, but I think I have everything pretty much worked out. Our first ride will be about 13 miles near Tongariro, New Zealand (Lonely Mountain, for you Hobbit and LOTR fans), so we need to make sure we're not TOO out of shape! I'll try to write more about our trip as we go, but internet will be intermittent, so stay tuned! We'll also be keeping tabs on our Facebook group, The Best (and Worst) Horse Camps Across America, which you're welcome to join if you haven't already. It's going to be a VERY exciting trip! It includes New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Honk Kong, so strap in! It's going to be a thrilling ride!

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 – Set-up Day

Had a great night sleep, but we were still achy from all the recent activity. We managed to pull back by the barn and get set up, but we did it at a leisurely pace in the morning. We had trouble with getting a reverse polarity error on the inverter again (we had the same thing using the generator the other day, don’t know why this has started), and it took a while to get all the cords and adapters right, plus we had to run hoses all the way from the house as the spigot by the barn is leaking, so it took most of the day to get it all working. Once that was all in, I helped Brother Jeff with some fencing repairs, and I officially introduced my two horses to his boarder, Tommy the retired racehorse, and everyone seemed to get along find. I also met Tommy’s owner Amy, and we had a nice chat. A busier day than we had hoped, we’re still pretty tired from our busy couple of weeks, but we finally settled down in our new locale, looking forward to a REAL day off tomorrow!

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 – Another Tough Travel Day

Let ourselves sleep a little later today, as we were all tuckered out from our long ride yesterday, but still got going around 8:00. I had made arrangements to top off my load of hay, so I ran out to the north side of Dunnellon to pick up about 10 bales, while Hubby started putting things away. By the time I got back, we finished loading, and we flushed our tanks at the dump station, is was after 11:00. Since we detest paying huge tolls for so many axles on the Turnpike, and we like driving off the beaten track anyway, we took a back route my GPS showed us, which was very scenic, taking us through lots of orange groves that were just bursting with fruit (the urge to go “scrumping” was very high!), and we enjoyed it tremendously, until I took a foolish risk to make it to Okeechobee on my tank of gas, and fell short by 5 miles. I was sure I could make it, but apparently the headwind was lowering my mileage even worse than I thought, but we paid the price for it. Hubby had to run into town and buy a small gas can, but it was only one gallon, and for a diesel (which is a much more complicated animal when it comes to running out of fuel), we needed at least two, so he had to make two trips. Fortunately, this had happened once before and we knew how to loosen the nut and pump the fuel under the hood to get it going, but it was nearly sunset by the time we got back on the road, stopped to pick up a quick meal, and pitch dark by the time we got to my brother’s house. He wanted to put us in a new place in back by the stables, but we didn’t want to navigate it in the dark, so we just parked in front and opened up for the night. Got the horses settled in, chatted a bit with my brother before we just had to get inside and relax a bit. Much more stress on this whole trip than usual, but I guess that’s part of the price we pay for staying home for so many months!