|Shall I carry a big sign that says "See us! We are here!", or do you think I've got it covered?|
This is the first time I've ridden Rhio off the property since moving the horses three weeks ago. I was very pleased that he didn't balk at all about riding out the driveway, and that Cricket wasn't calling for him but seemed to be content with Paco.
We started up the road, riding against traffic on the (narrow) shoulder. As it was midday, and mid-week, the traffic was light. About half the vehicles slowed & moved over, and about half didn't. Rhio is very traffic safe and didn't bat an eyelash, but I was considerably less relaxed than riding on the quiet gravel roads we used to. I also worried about slipping every time we crossed the paved apron to a driveway, as he is shod now and pavement + steel shoes are not the best combination. He had no difficulty, however, and once I got more comfortable with the road, off we went at a nice trot.
We travelled several miles north along the road before turning east along a gravel road. The first house had a German Shepherd which gave us a single fairly uninterested woof, and the second house had a Golden Retriever cross on a tie-out that was really giving us the eye. Sure enough, after we all made eye contact and Rhio started moving off, the dog lunged to the end of his rope, completely silently, and Rhio spooked and spun. By the time we made it 360 to look at the dog again, it was cowering up on the porch. This dog could be trouble if it were ever loose, so I'm notching it in my memory banks for sure.
The road ends at another paved road, so we turned south along the shoulder until we reached a second gravel road, which we took back west to join up with the farm road, making a "P" shaped loop ride. I had forgotten my GPS, but drove it after we were done, and it was about 7 miles. I have to say, despite the less than ideal road riding, the views are spectacular. This photo doesn't even do it justice, even on a gray day, and the fall color is just beginning. Looking back south along the road, with Lake Superior and the rolling terrain spreading out before us, it reminds me why I live here.
|Returning to the farm.|
|Cricket seems to be thriving on his 3 meals a day plan, and finally settling in with the herd. Yay!|