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May 16, 2017

It was a lovely, sunny morning in the meadow where we camped the night before; there was even a cabin/shelter at the campsite, but I still chose to sleep in my tent (sometimes those old structures are pretty infested with mice!). This day's ride was a beautiful 21 mile...

May 15, 2017

We covered 23 miles today to another lovely campsite, with plenty of grazing; the horses are going to get spoiled at this rate! I even got to stop for lunch again, which is a nice treat that we don't always get to do (and sometimes there wasn't any place inviting even...

May 14, 2017

This current part of the trail is proving to be one of the easier sections.  We've definitely moved out of the more desert-like regions of Arizona and into the higher and greener elevations of the northern part of the state.  We have trees and grass and wide-open stret...

May 13, 2017

After a couple of days off to rest and recuperte, we started another section today. We got a late start on the trail but still managed to cover 24.5 miles. I decided to leave all the gear at that night's camp before I drove ahead to get on the trail. That way I didn't...

May 10, 2017

It was still raining and hailing on and off when I packed up camp the next morning, and later on we even got some flakes of snow along the trail. We got a late start cause I was hopeful the weather would let up, and it finally did around noon, though I was thoroughly s...

May 9, 2017

Today went from one challenge to the next--even into the middle of the night.  The day got off to a bad start when Takoda managed to tangle himself in the picket line at LF Ranch in the morning before we left.  He ended up with a nasty rope burn on one of his back past...

May 8, 2017

After a day spent catching up on chores at a horse camp, we got back on the trail in Pine today and rode 23 miles to LF ranch. The trail was covered in chunks of lava rock that was not much fun to ride over and definitely slowed our pace.  It was like picking our way o...

May 5, 2017

It was hot today. Very very hot. Thankfully it was also mostly downhill (to where it was even hotter) on our way to where I left the rig 10 days ago at the Picket Post trailhead. Five miles before reaching the rig I met another hiker named Carl. He had been hiking the...

May 4, 2017

This morning we left Roosevelt Lake behind and began a very steep climb into the Superstition mountains. Once there it was a series of challenging climbs and descents, one after the other. It was a pretty section of trail but my goodness was it exhausting for the horse...

May 3, 2017

We continued on in the direction of the lake today. The trail started off very eroded and overgrown. We traversed some rough trail for the first 10 miles or so with views of Roosevelt Lake in the distance. I had to trim branches on some downfalls so we could get past a...

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