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The night before the start
Well, it looks like most of us have all ended up at the riverfront park in
St. Joseph. It's paved, and we are sitting underneath a busy interstate
highway overchange, and right next to train tracks. Several trains go by
every hour, and the freeway above us is a double decker so it's pretty
noisy. But being on the pavement is still better than being stuck in the
mud. We didn't have any trouble getting out, but after another night of
rain we might not have been able to get out. The tractor has been busy
pulling rigs out all day up at Old Macdonald's Farm where basecamp was/is
(??). We are right on the Missouri river here, and have green grass on one
side. We opted, like most, to put our horses directly on the pavement
rather than having them stand in mud for another night. It is supposed to
We have to go to a ride meeting up at Old Macdonald's at 8 p.m.
tonight. Then in the morning we have to tack up and haul the horses across
the river into Kansas, unload on the side of the highway with however many
other riders there are, and go, at 6 a.m. We still haven't vetted yet
either, Barney should be back here soon so we can do that.
It's really gloomy out, the sky has been grey all day and it's been
cold. Locals have said that it never rains this much here this time of
year (yeah, right!). It's just for our benefit I guess. Lucky us.
I have Rocky's hind easyboots foamed on already. In the morning we are
going to put his front boots on regularly, and hope it all works out. I
wanted his front feet to dry out a bit more.
Our refrigerator in the trailer quit working early this morning. So Dave
dropped me and the horses off (literally) underneath the freeway here and
left to go find an RV repair shop, to get it fixed. When he got back (they
fixed it), he noticed that one of the trailer brakes wasn't working, so he
had to disconnect and go get some more wiring and take the wheel off the
trailer and fix it. meanwhile I'm situated here with one really calm laid
back horse and one idiot arab who thinks that everything is going to get
him. He finally got over it, now he isn't phased about anything. Just
kinda wound up. He needs rode. :+P
Dorothy Sue drove by to turn around earlier with a flat on her
trailer. Louise made it back after taking their dog back to another vet
because he got sicker, and if he hadn't gotten treated he would have
probably died. He had a really bad bacterial infection from eating horse
I better get this sent, too much to do and too little time. spent most of
the day moving, getting re-situated and fixing things. Just finally got
the maps all marked for the crews tomorrow so they know where to go to
finish camp and for lunch. Let's hope the weather clears up.
We're camped next to Barney and Linda on one side, the Mahoney's on the
other, and across the way is Karen Nelson, Jim Baldwin and the Delbecke's
Happy XP Trails,
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