Sunday, May 4, 2014

Location =  Oak Flat  
Distance =  8.14
Time =  1:15:12
Ave. Speed =  6.4
Max. Speed =  17.2
Monthly Dist. =    8.14
Yearly Dist. =  474.28

Sofie and I went over to Oak Flat and starting our ride at the trailhead. For some reason I seemed to have lost all of my riding skills and I managed to crash twice before I even made it a hundred yards down the trail. What the heck?

I got back on the bike and we headed for the Open Space where the gentle trail would help me get my riding legs back. Not! As I was heading down the long, gentle downhill my front wheel left the trail and I went over the handlebars and into the dirt. One of my bar ends managed to catch me in the groin and I have a pretty nasty bruise. I decided that that would be a good time to stop and take a water break. Sofie was thirsty and I needed to get my act together.

After a few minutes rest we continued with our ride. As we were heading up the other side of the Open Space trail we saw four people on horses. They pulled off of the trail to let us go by. I rode slowly between them but Sofie held back out of nervousness of the horses. As I started to ride off into the trees she bolted up the trail between the horses and I could the riders laughing at her. She is very sensitive.

We headed back toward Oak Flat on the Ponderosa trail but before we reached the top a group of a dozen people on horseback were coming down. I got off the trail to let them pass and Sofie stayed out of the way under a tree. A lady in the front of the group asked me if this was the way to Mahogany trail. I told her that that trail was behind her but that she could get back to it by looping around and making a couple of right turns. There were some really pretty horses in the group.

We rode up to Mahogany and then down to Gambel Oak where we took another water break. The day was the warmest day of the year so far, with temps getting up to 80 degrees. Sofie was thirsty so we rested a few minutes before heading back up to Oak flat.

That night Sofie was licking her right leg. She had a small cut on the pad on her ankle but when you touched it she acted like she had a broken leg. She's a very sensitive dog.


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