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Far Out Forest
I laughed reading Howard's account of the FOF ride-
I was the "lone female rider" doing the 100. Actually did the 2nd 50 mile
loop completely alone which wasnt as bad as it sounds cause Shameless gets a tad
competitive and it was a relief not to have to fight him to slow down
Everyone connected to this ride was so nice and
helpful- my farriers wife, Janeen was crewing for us and had everything I could
possibly want or imagine ready at the VC's and road crossings- even had hot soup
for everyone waiting at the 79 mile vet check.
Ride manager Ken Anderson was at a couple
checks in the dark making sure everything was OK. there were reports
of a rowdy drunk person somewhere in the woods so Alvin Price and his daughter
went out in front of us w/his jeep from 79-93miles- it was conforting to know
they were up there somewhere every time I glimpsed his tail lights.
This is a huge forest and there are some kinda
wierd people lurking around but I never felt scared or threatened. did the
100 there about 6 years ago and ran into the "rainbow people" hippies who
I guess are harmless who live out in the middle of nowhere.
they are like gypsy/hippies and move from one
forest to another.
at about 78 miles met a bunch of guys standing
around a campfire- they didnt seem to think it at all strange to see a
lone female riding a horse draped w/ glow sticks in the middle of the nite-
offered me a beer and a place by the fire- it was tempting to stay and visit a
while until I came to my senses and realized that yes, this is an
endurance ride and I had better keep going cause there were people out there
kindly volenteering their time waiting on us...
Also met some poor freezing men riding 4 wheelers
at about 93 miles. they were lost and had been driving all around this
forest looking for some certain road. felt bad telling them I didnt have a
clue where it was- they were so cold they were wearing ski masks and their teeth
were chattering- so I sent them up the trail to find Alvin- figuring he's from
someplace in FL so surely he'd be able to give them directions. (luckily
this was a fun ride- well organized, well marked
trails. It's harder than it seems due to the deep sand so you have to be
really careful rating your horse. Hopefully next year there will be a
larger turn out of riders.
Anita Carlson and
Pavichy (YEAH! finished another 100 and got BC
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