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Re: [RC] Ride entry prices - rides2far

Ha, if you want to compare the ability to haul no-frills to a
ride...BRING IT ON! That's the way I *prefer* to do it. :-))  

Here's a recipe for anyone who thinks they have to have a nice meal. 
Cook some chicken at home, dice it. Put it in a baggie in your ice chest.
Get to ride, sit a pot on your one burner that you screw on the top of a
propane cannister. Throw in a package of Lipton chicken flavored noodles
(79cents). Throw in the cooked chicken. Bingo. I prefer it over most cold
ride meals and can have it when I choose...which is usually after dark
whenI have my vet check set up.

If I haul alone I sleep in the seat of the truck. Horse on a high line.
Seems it's the folks with the houses on wheels who want the full meal
too. If they'd turn off the generator for a minute and walk outside they
might be able to say they camped this weekend. :-))

Meals may be peanuts compared to *your* other expenses. The less I spend
the higher percentage it is. But with me it's not just money. I've spent
my whole life having my mom ruin good days by making us wait around for
her to cook big meals. I'm scarred. Now she had surgery last week and
thinks she will DIE if she eats one sandwich rather than a full vegetable
meal. So guess what...I've been COOKING all day! GRRRRRR!  I'm afraid
with my childhood filled with "waiting for big meals abuse" I'm just have
too much baggage to want to mix that up with my endurance riding. 

Angie

Angie


On Sun, 01 Jun 2008 13:03:58 -0700 Diane Trefethen
<tref@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Here is another view.

I think ride fees SHOULD include the Sat meal.  Maybe $15 for extra 

tickets and $10/person for a FRIDAY night meal too.  As Don pointed 
out, 
the meals are peanuts compared to the other expenses.

I think a good part of the costs being incurred are the proverbial 
chickens coming home to roost for a lot of Endurance riders.  When I 

started in the mid 80s, a fancy rig was anything with a dressing 
area, 
even if that area was only 3'x4'.  Those trailers were a lot lighter 
and 
the trucks needed to tow them were lighter and not as beefed up.  
One 
prominent rider hauled his horse in an open top, one-horse trailer 
with 
wooden sides - super light.  He slept under his truck (or was that 
in 
it?).  Because we had a meal available on Fri night (extra $8) and 
the 
Ride Dinner on Sat (included), we didn't have to bring all kinds of 
food 
and food preparation apparatus, just Sat lunch, leaving more room in 
the 
truck bed for our stuff.  Stuff was the important "stuff", ie, 
saddle, 
bridle, hay, water barrel, some grain, couple of buckets, etc.  No 
hibachi, barbecue, shower (actually I remember one RAT couple that 
had a 
solar shower - cool!), propane gen, indoor lighting, tv, microwave 
(in a 
truck????), etc.

So now the cost to haul our home away from home has gone into the 
stratosphere and no one remembers how to do a ride frugally.  
Everyone's 
so used to living first class they can't POSSIBLY do without the 
gps, 
internet connection and computer, hot & cold running water.  Well 
folks, 
all that s**t costs mega bucks to haul around.

Maybe it's time to go back to the future.


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