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[RC] Cold Weather Riding - Tom Sites

This got me to thinking of a few cold times.  In 1992 in November, we went to Iowa and it was the coldest i ever been inside a cold trailer w/out heat.  The temp. was in the low 20's and the water bucket was frozen in the morning.  We finished 5th w/ a ride time of 4:42.
Wanting some sun we went to Florida (Far Out Forest) w/ 2 horses.  It was also real cold w/ water frozen in the buckets.  So much for the sunshine state.  We finished 10th on a 100 .  Roberto, my son-in-law rode the 50 in a ride time of 5:40.  Truman i see you were there then and came in at 8:45.  I wish i knew you then.
Who would have thought that in July 95 in Colorado we would be in 6' snow drifts, but we were.  The temps were ok even tho there was snow.  The altitude got to me and i needed to borrow someones water cause i went thru all mine.  I never been that thirsty.  We finished a very interesting and beautiful 50 mile ride.
What i would like to point out is that we never clipped nor did we have a crew to give us blankets at the checks at any of these rides.  I don't know how we managed but we did.
It may have been that we rode up here in Va. when it was so cold the snot froze on my beard and were used to it.  I doubt very seriously if i could repeat any of these rides again without a crew or blankets.  ts