Weekend of Riding

Horses on Saturday, Motorcycles on Sunday.  What could be better?

On Saturday, Ashley and I, took Reggie and Rocky to Croom for some trail riding.  It’s a State Park about an hour from us, hundreds of acres of hiking, biking and horse trails.  I’ve run hundreds and hundreds of training miles out there,  now I’m starting to rack up miles on my horse.    We ended up riding about 4 1/2 hours and had a great time.  Covering a lot of ground that we’ve never seen,  I was on Rocky FAR longer than I ever had been.  We did quite a bit of trotting, and though I worried about overdoing it, he never acted like he was tired, and today, Sunday, he does not seem sore.   He truly seems to love the trails as much as I do, he’s curious, wants to see what’s around the next bend,  hates to stop, and always wants to be moving, and moving quickly if I’ll let him.  I’m lovin’ it.   Ashley and I were both exhausted when we got back to the trailer.  Here are some photos from our day, and a couple of videos.  Click the thumbnails to see a larger photo, and click the link to see the video segments.

Croom 2008 Video 1

Croom 2008 Video 2

Ashley and Sir Reginald (Reggie)Ashley and Sir Reginald (Reggie)Croom Trail RideCroom Trail RideCroom Trail RideCroom Trail RideCroom Trail RideAshley and Reggie       

Then Sunday, I was to meet a buddy for some motorcycle riding in the dirt.  He ended up not being able to make it, but I headed out to get dirty anyway.  I hooked up with a couple of other riders on the trails, and not a mile after that, I ran out of gas(having to turn my tank to reserve.)  That sent me heading out of the woods, back down the road to fill up.  After that, I went exploring on many trails in the Withlocochee(sp?) Forest that I’d never been on, and found and marked on my GPS a trailhead for some horse trails I’d also never seen before.  Maybe a future trip for me and Ashley.  Never crossed paths with any other motorcycle riders, but did see both wild turkeys and deer.  I rode about 75 miles total, and was so busy riding I never stopped and took any pictures.  

KTM 625SXC  Back home, safe and sound.  Awesome weekend.

4 Responses to “Weekend of Riding”

  1. Buck Says:

    Thanks for sharing the equestrian photos & wkend report with me. It’s sure good to see a father taking the time to pass on these skills to the next generation. If you could send me the one of you under the spreading oak w/Spanish Moss, I’d like to include it with my next “Annual Report”. Please send it as a standard jpg attachment to an E-mail.

    Keep those photos & reports coming my way, you’re living life the way a man should live it.


    Best Wishes – Your Pal,


  2. Dave Says:

    “It’s sure good to see a father taking the time to pass on these skills to the next generation.”

    I think it’s the other way around. Ashley is teaching me more about horses and riding than I ever knew.


  3. Just me Says:

    Just promise me/us you stayed well off the orange trails. Please.

  4. Dave Says:

    Of course Candy! I’ve run my share of trails at Croom to know where I’m supposed to be. We certainly respect that.
    I’ve never had a problem with horses off their own trail, but I suspect if you do, it’s those folks that have lived or used that property forever, and feel entitled to just go anywhere they feel like going.