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2011 Ride Season Comes to a Close

This was how the first day of the 2011 XP started. We rode as carefully as we could and managed to get through the entire 2040 mile ride! This is Chief with Nannette's horse Wizard.

What a ride season I have had.  I was just looking back at this post from last year when I listed my goals for the 2011 ride season.

Here is an excerpt where I discuss why I was

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What I did this summer (so far)

I haven’t had time to devote much time to this blog.  I had a great time on the 2011 XP this summer.

I wrote a journal during the trip, which is here (from that link, click on my name – Karen Chaton).

I had the most amazing trip riding Granite Chief and Pro Bono 2040 miles on the Pony Express trail, from St. Joseph, MO to Virginia City, NV.

It was some adventure.  We

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2011 Ride Season Goals & Looking for Backup 2011 XP Horse

Death Valley Encounter, 2010 Ride Season. Photo by Lynne Glazer.

Holy moly – it’s already time again to plan for the upcoming ride season – which, coincidentally started on December 1.  I am really looking forward to this ride season because I believe it will be one of the more historical ones.

My first ride of the season is this coming weekend at the Death Valley Warmup Ride.  I hope to ride both

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Entering rides online

I think I finally got some of the final tweaks done on the entry form pages for both XP and Sunrise Ranch Rides.  There are so few people that can’t enter online these days that we have totally done away with paper entry forms.  Riders who don’t have a computer themselves are usually able to get a friend or relative to submit an entry and print out directions for each ride for them.

For

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The Twenty Eleven Ride, Part 7

This is the third of three articles that I wrote for Endurance News after the 2001 XP ride.  This one was about the accomplishments of the horses and riders.  It was pretty amazing when you think about it.  Here is an excerpt:

230 horses were ridden 67,400 AERC miles by 104 riders in eight weeks. That works out to 1,348 fifty mile rides. This in itself is quite amazing, given that there are a few regions in the AERC that don’t contribute this much mileage over an entire year.

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The Twenty Eleven Ride, Part 6

Anybody planning on going on the 2011 XP ride should read this (click on link below) to get an idea of what to expect.  Also, because this stuff is a decade old take it with a grain of salt and realize that while some of it still applies there may be parts that don’t.  I’m just posting this to give people an idea of what to expect.

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to have a good relationship with your crew.  My advice for anybody going on the 2011 XP  is to work out all of the fine details ahead of time.  Start out with apologizing in advance for anything that you might do that’ll irritate your crew…because you will no doubt do that.  They will probably irritate you as well.  Figuring out how to get along will go a long way towards making the trip a lot more enjoyable for everyone.

I will post some thoughts later on planning and preparing for this event based upon what I learned from doing it in 2001.   I’ve posted a lot so far that should help.  I will also do some reviews and recommendations of GPS’s, map software and other techno type gadgets that will be both useful AND necessary for riders to have.  btw – if you get Trail Blazer magazine look in an upcoming issue for my review on the Garmin 550t.

For those that want to enter simply send me an email and I’ll tell you how to do that!  Hopefully within the next month I’ll have a bulletin board set up on the XP site where people can go to advertise that they are looking for a crew, or that they want to be a crew, or share an entry, etc.

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The Twenty Eleven Ride, Part 4

This was the 2nd of 3 articles I wrote for Endurance News following the 2001 XP.

XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories.  Be sure to click on the link to read the entire thing!  Karen

Talk about anticipation! Most of the riders had waited months, years even…for the start of this ride and it was quite a spectacular one. The horses were loaded into trailers in St. Joseph, Missouri and hauled across the river to Elwood, Kansas. The morning was dark, humid, and dark clouds loomed menacingly overhead. Baseball sized butterflies fluttered around inside my stomach on the short trip to the start. We unloaded our already tacked up horses and just like that, we were off. After all the months spent dreaming about the ride here we were actually embarking on the adventure of a lifetime…


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The Twenty Eleven Ride, Part 3

This is an article I wrote for endurance news about preparing for the 2001 XP.  “Preparing for the 2001 XP”.

I surveyed and interviewed many if not most of the riders that went on the ’01 XP and got a lot of varied responses.

Enjoy!  Karen

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The Twenty Eleven Ride, Part 2

Here is more basic information on the 2011 XP ride.  This is also posted on the xprides.com website.

If you are interested in attending this event be sure to read a lot of the information that is on the XP website about the 2001 and 2004 XP rides.

The 2011 ride will be essentially the same as the 2001 ride was.  This one will definitely be the last time it’s done by XP/The Duck.

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The Twenty Eleven Ride, Part 1

There is going to be another epic endurance ride on the Pony Express trail in 2011.

The ride will start in St. Joseph, MO on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 and finish in Virginia City, Nevada.  The route will follow the original Pony Express trail as closely as possible and will be 2,000 miles.  Riders will ride 50 miles per day, five days a week for eight weeks, Tuesday through Saturday.  Sunday and Monday will

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