Highlights from my helmet cam
Wolcott Mill seemed good. While it would be fairly boring as it's just farm field edge riding with some woods it's also pretty well groomed as it's one of the few places that's good for people to come and use their carriages. It's nice and wide and mowed. The last time I was there was in 2015. I was hoping it wouldn't be as muddy as last time since we've been lacking some regular rain lately.
|Wide, groomed trails|
Right away, the horse flies decided to be horrendous. They were the giant ones, big black, the size of a fingernail and not your pinky unless you have humongo hands. They drove Gwyn absolutely mad. They really liked landing on her butt, right in the little dip on her spine where she couldn't reach with her tail. She figured out that if she bucked it would flip her tail up and over to swish at them but honestly I just tried to smack them as much as possible. The fuckers would dodge as soon as they saw my hand.
So this ride was characterized by a TON of bucking and kicking on Gwyn's part, while she was being perfectly behaved. Several times she broke into a trot just to try to escape them. So noted, Gwyn. We will not do Wolcott again in the summer. We'll wait for fall when the bugs are dead. The deer flies were equally bad but not as maddening. Fly spray did nothing.
|I was pointing out a deer, this is the view immediately on the other side of the road|
|Random ridiculous giant rock ditch that we bypassed|
|Baby deer bounding toward us! Watch the video for a better view|
|Hello storm clouds|
|Alicia and the Storm|
|You can see the B52 bomber fly|
It was right around this time that we saw lightning and suddenly getting back to the trailers was urgent.
|Back under 29 Mile Rd|
|Alicia's reins got stuck when she tried to use them to get rid of a deer fly on his ear. It didn't work, lol|
|In the woods heading back to parking|
|Side by side map comparison from 2015 and Saturday. We covered some new ground. This gives me hope for going back for some good conditioning mileage.|