Day 7 – Picking Up Speed

I was up at 7am.  Had my daily fight with my sleeping bag and then ate breakfast and broke camp.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

7am view from my front door

We did a better job of crossing rivers today.  Seems like it’s water of unknown depth that the horses don’t care for.  We did come across some of that today and my horse chose to jump across instead of walk.  Sounds much more impressive since it was really just a bit of a hop, but I’m counting it as a jump.  We also did some cantering today.  For the most part Roy John only cantered when other horses were cantering, but I did manage to get him to do it once or twice.

We had to dismount to lead our horses across a bridge and since we were off we went ahead and had break time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mongolia is a very social place.  These two guys dropped by to chat and see what was going on.

I took this opportunity to introduce my horse to my camera and taught him all about the selfie.  Because these horses are partly (to mostly) wild they aren’t so familiar with the beeps and whirs of technology.  To be sure he wouldn’t freak out when I took a picture I took a moment to show him what it was.  He wasn’t impressed with this picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now I could take photos from horseback.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We’re all meant to be going the same direction and eventually we manage to get there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We had a little bit of a scare today.  We have a few spare horses with us, just in case.  One of them, The Eyeball, is a trusty little guy who will just walk along with our herd and not wander off.  Today we learned that he doesn’t always make wise choices.  We had another bridge to cross and it required us to dismount and walk our horses over.  This took a little bit of time and he got impatient and chose a different route.  Turns out that through the river wasn’t the best choice.  The current was strong and he was washed into the bridge.  He eventually made it under the bridge and we all held our breath to see if he would come out the other side.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tsooj clapping for The Eyeball’s appearance on the other side.

After that excitement it was time to finish the days ride and get to camp.  We had a one more river crossing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We got to camp as our tents were in the process of being set up and it was lunch time.  Sushi for lunch.   Since there is no mutton in sushi the men made their own lunch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Those bones are picked clean.

It wasn’t long before dinner.  We certainly didn’t miss any meals.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nara, our amazing cook

There were also chores to be done around camp.  Saruul is making kindling – or possibly toothpicks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bedtime was about 10pm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

10p view from my tent.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s