Sage, Bella, and I headed into the Sierra today to beat the heat and do a little riding on the Pacific Crest Trail. We rode the section between Tamarack Lake and Sunset Lake, between State Highway 88 and State Highway 4 in El Dorado County, California. What a great place to ride! The PCT is only for hikers and equestrian use - no mountain bikes. We crossed paths with quite a few hikers, but no other horseback riders. The trail was amazingly varied - big rocky tables to cross, rapidly flowing streams, grassy prairies, sand, lakes, and thick forests. It's really a very visual trail - great views and lots of colorful wildflowers. It was a perfect day! Sage was great on the trail, of course. It was a pretty long day - 2 hours just to get there from my house, and then we rode for several hours before turning around to ride back, then we had to drive all the way home! Whew! But it was totally worth it and I definitely want to make a trip back out there to ride again. Ride the whole Pacific Crest Trail in 2014 anyone? Just kidding! ...or am I?! haha
We're 40 days out from the ride now. Really getting close. My plans from here on out are just to ride as much as possible, buy the last bit of gear, and send out all the press releases as possible. Speaking of press -- we got our first real bit of press today in the Reno Gazette Journal. We're honored to have a write-up on the ride published, along with our horse in a bar photo from Virginia City! (Click HERE to read the article) There's more press to come in the weeks ahead... I'll let you know when I find out more on publication dates!
We have one more test ride planned for August. This one will be a full test ride - all the gear and all the trail support volunteers. We're going to do two 20 mile days, location TBD. This will be the last full test run, and our last chance to work out the kinks before we hit the trail for real!
The latest updates from Samantha on the Nevada Discovery Ride.