Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 26 Daunted Courage, July 25, 2013

There is something sublimely pleasing about taking a full rest day during a long cycling trip, especially when it’s filled with horseback riding!  After breakfast, Sho, Saya and I rode horses for a few hours on trails through a cow pasture and along a bluff with a stunning view.  We were led by Patty Worth (who owns the ranch with her husband Zack) and her son-in-law Ben Anderson, who stayed close to Saya throughout the ride.  Ben is competing in the local rodeo and rides a horse with such ease, he may have been born in a saddle.   Sho cantered for the first time, and Saya trotted on her own for a while.  They both asked me if they could continue to ride horses when we return to NYC – I suspect we’ve found a new weekend activity.

We got another treat today, attending the rodeo in nearby Helena.  Saya loved the barrel racing, and Sho thought the bull riding was “intensely cool.”  We hitched a ride to the rodeo with Jim and Simone Miller and their two daughters, ages 8 and 12, trading jokes and riddles on the drive and making new friends we hope to stay in touch with.

Here are some pics:
Saya with her friendly guide, Ben Anderson

Our riding group



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