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My Death Valley Encounter, Day 4 Happy New Year!

Panamint Valley.  Happy New Year December 31, 2008 by Karen Chaton

I had made three days so far and was so determined to make it to at least start the 4th day that a herd of wild horses couldn’t have stopped me. I was looking forward to riding Bo so much on the 4th day that I dreamed about it. I woke up with a feeling of excitement and breathlessness, as if I knew

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My Death Valley Encounter, Day 3 – Bo Go

My Death Valley Encounter, Day 3 Panamint Valley. BoGo. by Karen Chaton

A Misbehaving Bo, Day 3 DVE

The ride numbers this year were way down from the previous year. By more than 1/3. That makes it easier for the riders out on the trail but isn’t a real good thing for ride management. This ride especially takes a lot of work to put on and incurs a lot more expense

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My Death Valley Encounter: Day 2, P2P Day, 22,000 Miles & Alien Lasagne!

Death Valley Encounter Day 2, P2P Day & 22,000 miles! by Karen Chaton

Karen on Chief and Kayla on Gem

The second day would be the biggest test of the ride for me. The last multiday I had attended in October I had to rest for two days before being able to do a second day, out of the 5 day ride. This time I was determined to give it my best shot

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My 2008 Death Valley Encounter, Day 1

My 2008 Death Valley Encounter

by Karen Chaton

Day 1

I have had so many terrific rides at DVE over the years and this year was certainly no exception. I was actually already well on my way to becoming ill at the DVE the year before and even though I’m not yet 100% I think that I came through this ride in better shape than I have at any ride in the last year.

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Death Valley Encounter Ride Photos; Days 1 thru 4, 2009 AERC Ride Season

Happy New Year!

Click on the daily links below to view photos from each day of the ride.

Day 1, 55 miles – Photos taken by Karen riding Granite Chief Day 2, 50 miles – Photos taken by Karen riding Granite Chief (I reached 22,000 miles this day!) Day 3, 50 miles – Photos taken by Karen riding Pro Bono Day 4, 50 miles – Photos taken by Karen riding Pro Bono

If

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High Desert Endurance Ride Report & Ride Photos

High Desert Trail Scenery

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HIGH DESERT ENDURANCE RIDE 2008, by Karen Chaton

High Desert is a two day ride with a 50 each day and a limited distance ride each day.  It is located in Northern Nevada at Fort Churchill (aka Bucklands).  I did the 50 on Chief on Sunday, day 2 of the ride. When my cell phone rang on Saturday morning and it was Dave Rabe,

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My Grand Canyon XP Ride

Clouds are already clearing by start time, Day 4

While the first day went fairly well, I think that it was the second day that I rode (which was day 4 of the ride) things really came together for me and Chief.  The night before the wind blew hard – so hard that the porta-potties in camp both blew over, and everybody reported not being able to sleep due to the wind.  I

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First Two Day Results Overview from Grand Canyon XP Endurance Ride

1st Place and BC – Day 2 – Stephanie & Hadji Halef Omar

Unofficial but here is a bit of info on how the ride is going so far:

Day 1 – 45/44 starters/completions.  First place was a tie between Sharon and Crockett Dumas.  Sharon’s horse OT Moniet Oleta RSI received BC.  I got a photo of Crockett (below) after finishing yesterday.

Day 2 – 35/33 starters/completions.  First place was Stephanie Du Ross

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Rainbow Rim Trail, Grand Canyon XP First Day

Grand Canyon Scenery

I got to ride 50 miles yesterday.  It was mine and Chief’s first endurance ride in five months.  Boy am I sore today, but since I knew I was taking the day off I slept in and am now slowly moving about.  Some of the first riders are in – Stephanie was first with Sharon and Crockett second and third.

Grand Canyon Rim Scenery

My ride yesterday went really

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2008 Virgin Rim Ride Results are posted & quick ride report

Virgin Rim Scenery

Click here to view the .pdf of both days’ results, or visit the Sunrise Ranch Rides website.

There were 21 riders the first day with 18 completions on the first day.  Jolynn Maynard finished first and received BC riding Kerryman with a 4:59 ride time on day one.  On the second day there were 9 riders with 9 completions.  Sharon Dumas finished first and received BC riding OT Moniet Oleta

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