I was up at 7am. Had my daily fight with my sleeping bag and then ate breakfast and broke camp.
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.
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.
Now I could take photos from horseback.
We’re all meant to be going the same direction and eventually we manage to get there.
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.
After that excitement it was time to finish the days ride and get to camp. We had a one more river crossing.
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.
It wasn’t long before dinner. We certainly didn’t miss any meals.
There were also chores to be done around camp. Saruul is making kindling – or possibly toothpicks.
Bedtime was about 10pm.