Hello everyone! It's been an amazing five days and 100 miles so far. Thank you for all your support and donations. The adventure is underway and is already more than we imagined. Everyday is truly different, with its own highs and lows, struggles and triumphs. The scenery is amazing and we have already seen so much different terrain. Everything is tough in its own way - hot valleys, rocky and steep mountain passes, and unpredictable weather. We have seen deer, antelope, elk, jackrabbits, lots of lizards, cows, and one rattlesnake so far!
Interestingly, the hardest parts are civilization. It's very stressful riding on roads with semis going by at 70 miles an hour. I've also spent a lot of time walking to give Sage a break. I have some blisters, but we are getting into shape. Sage is just a powerhouse and he's really been amazing, especially since we are asking a lot of him. But nothing has really fazed him yet, except for the hundreds of cows we had to ride through! Bella is doing well too, but has already had to take some breaks with Ryan in the road crew truck.
Ryan is taking great care of us, keeping us well-watered and well-fed! We've had great campsites along the way, and Ryan makes sure that when I ride into camp at the end of the day everything is already set up for me. So all I have to do each day is ride...
Anyway, we are enjoying our much needed rest day in Preston, before we head out again. More challenges await I am sure, but we will keep powering through one range and valley at a time. It gives me amazing perspective and respect for the many settlers of Nevada who came before us.
Not sure when we'll have coverage again for updates once we get into the White Pine Range but I'll try to get something out. Thanks again everyone! We will see you on the otherside!
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.