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Endurance Ride Reports

Karen on Rocky at Mt. Charleston Challenge

Long before blogging was popular, I often wrote up my ride reports.  I thought I’d share some of them from a few of the rides I did on Rocky.  I’m really glad now that I wrote a lot of that stuff down.  Many of the details I might not have remembered otherwise.

I have so many great memories from the miles of trails I shared with

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1999 Death Valley Encounter Ride Report by Karen Chaton

Death Valley Encounter, 1999 Part 1, Day 1 & 2

by Karen Chaton

Click here to see several pages of photos from the ride.

As I was packing, I couldn’t believe that an entire year had gone by since we had been to Death Valley in 1998. For us, it is the first ride of the new ride season and a great escape to get away to a warmer and dry climate. It had

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Lake Oroville Vista Ride Report, November 1999 by Karen Chaton

by Karen Chaton

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Outlaw Trail Story 265 Miles – 5 Days, September 20-24 1999 by Karen Chaton

We started in the dark on day 1. As Crockett said, it was as dark as the inside of your eyelids. We began with a controlled start and as we began our long ascent to 11,100′ I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear. This was one ride that I had wanted to do for at least four or five years and this year I finally firmly decided that we were going to

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Bridgeport Ride Story, August 14, 1999 by Karen Chaton

by Karen Chaton

This past Saturday was the Eastern High Sierra Classic 30/50 in Bridgeport, California.

The weather turned out to be absolutely perfect. (80’s and sunny) Since my horse Rocky was up for Jackie’s Horse Excellence award, I was sorta stuck riding him (not that riding him is such a bad thing), so I asked around for any brave volunteers who would ride Weaver for me and came up with one such soul

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June Pony Express Ride, 1999. Fort Schellbourne, Nevada by Karen Chaton

by Karen Chaton

This ride began with a little different beginning (and ending) than most multiday rides do (for most people). Most normal people would be content to just go ride 250 miles in 5 days. But not me. Nope, I had this crazy idea that since I couldn’t possibly miss the NASTR ride, in Palomino Valley (north of Reno) that I would just sorta do it on the way to the XP. No

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Washoe Valley 100, May 1, 1999 by Karen Chaton

Karen and Rocky at the Washoe Valley 100

I think it was Wednesday night before the ride that I decided to take Rocky to this ride. I had pre-entered my other horse but wasn’t really sure which one was going. After doing 20 MT I was pretty sore and not sure I ever wanted to ride ‘ol Rockhead on another 100 miles. But I got over that, funny how all those aches and

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