Saturday morning found me back at Croft with Gemmie. This was actually a big deal. In the 6 1/2 years I have had Gem this was the first time I ever rode her two days in a row. Even in my hay day with her, pre Wyatt and in the twilight time of medical school where all classes have ended and residency has yet to begin, I still only ever rode 3 days a week and never back to back.
We hit the same loop I did Friday only backwards and this time Gem had a friend. I left the bit out choosing to ride in the side pull and not worry so much about contact and all of that. We have been working pretty exclusively on riding better and I thought a break to just have fun was in order.
|Gem was really brave and led across the bridge|
The miles sailed on by as we chatted and laughed. Gem led for a ways and then would fall behind and chug along mindlessly enjoying he metal break that riding with a friend brings. We ended up taking a new to me trail that creates an inside loop of 4 miles within the larger 6.5 mile loop. My Garmin died before we finished, but I think we did just shy of 9 miles or so and did it at a much faster pace than the day before - finishing in about 90 minutes or so.
It was a really great outing and I am sure Gem enjoyed having her favorite trail mare out with her. I joked around that I could still ride on Sunday too, but I thought Gem might murder me in my sleep if I did.