First non-local rider of 2020 season

Just by chance, I was riding Gracie on the PCT north to Highway 74 and back when I happened upon a rider and two horses heading south to finish up the segment from Highway 74 to Coyote Canyon Rd. I caught up to them on the return trip thanks to Gracie’s lightening speed (and general barn sourness) and invited them to a lunch of hay and water at my place. I learned that the rider is planning to do the whole PCT over several years in 500-mile increments, and, by the end of the day, they will have completed everything from Campo to Highway 74.

I was able to offer her my spare corral for her horses to roll in and enjoy their lunch.

I was excited to learn that her mount is a mustang gelding that she trained herself. (You can see his freeze brand in this photo.)

After lunch, they hit the trail to rendezvous with their pick up later in the afternoon.

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