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[RC] [Guest] first 100's - Ridecamp Guest

Rusty jrusty@xxxxxxx

The memory of my first 100 is still very fresh in my mind. It was Fort Howes
2000 and it was also my first "big" ride. My friends still sleeping as I
saddled up in the morning, I left at 4:30am. Watching the sun rise over the
mountains in Montana and you know why they call it big sky country.

I remember hooking up with this wonderful lady early on in the ride and she
tought me much about getting through a 100. We then had the honour of
running into two more wonderful ladys and riding the first 60 together (lost
one at this check). Endurance folk are the best on the planet this I am sure
of, coming into the hour check at 60 miles with no crew on the first 100 and
WOW, how many folk helped me I can not remember, I do remember my feet in a
bucket of ice water and my horse walking and grazing some grass with the
lady next door to my truck, never did get there names but THANK YOU.

One big lesson I did learn is when leaving camp at 60 miles and not coming
back TAKE a JACKET. The rain fell at dusk and the temperature dropped and I
was in my tank top and tights, freezing and wet. At the out check, at 85
miles I new I was in trouble whren the vets sent me to the truck with the
heater on and vetted my horse with out me! The vet then sent me back out in
the wild with these wonderful ladies and his jacket! THANK YOU!

3:30am we finished, very happy I got off and my feet never touched the
ground. What a rush and what an amazing creatures they are for letting us
tag along on this adventure with them!

Those wonderful ladies, Phyllis Arnold and Denise Pfalmer a huge thank you
again! And that vet who who did more than expected, Ray Randall, thank you!

Rusty - when is the next 100?

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