leading up to the start of the Colorado Trail were the most stressful part of the whole trip. Simple as that.
We had to get 7 horses and 5 riders down to Colorado. Doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Just some hours spent driving to Denver…. WRONG! Throw in trailer drop offs, technical, on-road difficulties and hours and hours plus more hours on the road… yea think again!
We were taking 3 trailers up to Colorado. Two 2 horse trailers and one 3 horse trailer. Plus, Annie was bringing her parents camper up for them to have when they crewed for us. So after some math that brought us up to:
3 horse trailers
5 anxious riders
7 crazed horses
1 of our amazing crew parents
AND all the food and supplies we needed for 30 days
let’s add in the fact that 2 of the 3 trailers needed to be dropped off in Durango the day after we arrived and dropped the horses in Denver. The third trailer and camper would be dropped off at our midway point in Salida, CO.
Needless to say, we had some busy days before starting the trail.
So let’s do this – June 27th
We chose to start at the alternate route from Indian Creek instead of the official start at Waterton Canyon because it was simply easier for us to do so with all of our horses! With two of the trailers going to be already parked in Durango, we only had a 2 horse trailer if we wanted to make multiple trips to the Waterton Canyon Trailhead. But that option was inconvenient with 6 horses.
The first to arrive in Colorado was Lissa. She was hauling 3 of the horses with plans to arrive at the Indian Creek Equestrian Campground. We had already reserved our campsites at the campground with horse corrals. Unfortunately, Lissa ran into some truck problems as she was driving to the campground. She was unable to make it all the way and had to find a place to bunker down with three horses all while trying to deal with a broken down truck.
The rest of us all planned on getting to Denver the following day on the 28th.
Have I mentioned that Texas is HUGE!!! All of us crazy, Limitless riders do not live in the same town. Ragan and Annie were traveling separately to CO which left Devan and I to coordinate our trip up.
Devan and I live 6 hours away from each other! Long story short… this was our schedule:
12:00 pm – leave to pick up Devan and Zurkh
7:00 pm – eat tacos before loading up and heading back to Jess’ hometown
3:00 am – get back to Jess’ hometown
6:00 am – WAKE UP. (yea 3 hours of sleep) 7:30ish am -Finally get on the road to DENVER
9:00 pm – made it to the campground
That is 12 hours of travelling on the 27th, and then another 18 hours on the 28th. We were exhausted!
The drive was not too bad minus being looong and we ended with one flat toward the end of the drive. We made it to Indian Creek Campground sometime after 9:00 pm to find out that our camp was set up in the wrong site. We were not in the equestrian site, but at the human only campsite….There was no campground host to redirect the group when they first set up. It was too late to move everything that night, so we dropped the tent, watered and fed our horses, and went asleep. Early morning someone would have to drive the trailer to Durango for another full day of driving there and back!
T-MINUS 2 days before our start
stayed tuned for part 2 with an intense round of rock, papers, scissors.