I haven’t written much namely due to one reason: I’m getting married.
I told myself I was not going to spend my weekends planning a wedding when I could be out riding. One curve ball I did not anticipate is all this rain (spoiler alert: it’s raining again today). With riding moot, I’ve spent these last few months working on our intimate wedding details. What work I’ve done with Nakai in the interim isn’t interesting enough for their own blog posts, to be honest.
I broke down two weeks ago and body clipped Nakai. His rain rot, while not severe, was stubbornly sticking around. I managed not to botch a clip job and having air reach the rot seemed to do the trick. His scabs have flaked off and now we’re in the process of making sure it doesn’t come back.
Additionally, I discovered my fender straps wearing down alarmingly fast on my endurance saddle. I’ve dropped it off at Leid’s for fixing but don’t have an anticipated date it will be finished.. I adore my work saddle, but I can’t wait for the endurance to be back. I’ve forgotten how the pancake seat and wide western stitching makes for a sore butt the next day after 10 miles.
The weather this past weekend looked fantastic for the NACMO ride, and M created an amazing design for our team shirts. I’m in love with how she draws Nakai.
With shirts ready and determined to leave the barn by 7am, our plans were dashed when we awoke to rain. The radar showed it was pouring at the ride location. I don’t like to ride in rain unless I have to. I chafe, and Nakai is freshly clipped. How would I keep him warm in 55 degrees and pouring rain? Thankfully, the rest of the team also nixed rain riding. We were disappointed to miss the ride and made plans to ride at the canal once it cleared.
I accomplished nine miles on the canal and had the opportunity to work far behind the group. The towpath is narrow and based on my other rides with the Thayer’s I did not want to play bumper cars on a narrow trail. I hate it and so does Nakai. Thus, we found a suitable distance behind everyone and spent the ride up refreshing Nakai on rating and his competitiveness. He was lovely! He had a few moments of wanting to motor along to catch up at the canter but otherwise settled into a great working mode. On the way home we found ourselves in the lead and I let him crank out a few miles at a hand gallop. Nakai loved moving out, happily breezing over bridges and ignoring the traffic slowing to catch a glimpse of us from route 611.
When we finally met back up with the rest of the group, he politely ignored Blossom’s temper tantrums and had no issues with Rose flying up and back down the trail past us. The worst part about the entire ride were the annoying gnats that swarmed our heads at the parking lot. It seemed no amount of bug spray or deet would deter them!
I have GoPro video of our ride, but it seems I’ve used up all my free space that wordpress offers. I’m not sure if upgrading my account is worth it…