Tuesday 1st February 2005
Today was the day to set off to San Antonio Texas , there was a major accident on the motorway however we knew a detour way to get there in time. My flight left at 11:55am there was two films on the 9 hour flight Cat Woman and Shark Tale, these are two cool films. I arrived in Atlanta at 4pm Georgia time (-7). Then I had to go through security and wait for my next flight, which was due at 6:30pm . This was only a 2 hours and 30 minute flight however it was very rough that they didn’t even do a drinks service. However I got to fly over a lightening storm in the dark which large flashes of lightening filing the sky. On arriving to San Antonio at 8:05pm Texas Time (-6) I collected my luggage and met up with Dorothy and Doug. The first stop was food as I was starving as I only had plane food on the way to Atlanta . So we went to pizza hut. The next stop was supplies at Wall-Mart and then on to camp site on the trail ride, after a few games of pool and meeting everyone on the ride. I slept at the Petersons house on their massive ranch.
Wednesday 2nd February 2005
Last night was a rough night in a new place and I got up around 5am to 6am . I sat around talking to the Petersons and had breakfast. Then everyone got up around 8am and started to get ready to set off to the next stop so we can start on today’s ride. We set off around 11am and this was the first time on a horse however I wasn’t very scared or nervous and it turned out I was a natural riding on Daisy. Today’s ride was 16 miles and we had a great time riding through the Hill Country. Stopping a few time to get food, drink and rest. I found two pieces of worked flint on one of the rest stops which is hundreds of years old and was used to make arrow head by the Native Americans. Today’s ride was very cold and I think that at one point my feet froze but I didn’t care I was having too much fun. We went across rivers and fields and I manage to learn how to walk, stop, trot, gallop (which is a lot of fun) and turn Daisy where I wanted to go.
We arrived at the next camp site around 5-6pm and let a few of the kids ride around on the horses. While setting up a fire and places for the horses to stay. We sat around the camp fire talking and getting to know each other and went to get a shower at one of their friend’s houses. I slept in the pickup truck that night which was freezing cold.
Thursday 3rd February 2005
That morning I was in pain however I didn’t care I still wanted to do another days riding.
We set off around 10am this morning and I was riding daisy again as I really loved her and already got to know her. I decided to take my camera today and took some photos on the way. Today’s trip was 10miles and we stops around 3 – 4 times for food and drink. Today I decided to let Daisy do some of the driving and let here decide where she wanted to go by not holding on to the rope. We passed lots of massive ranches and some very nice horses and houses. When we got back we made another camp fire and sat around having loads of fun talking and looking at Doug’s photos of Iraq . While Doug cooked food on one the camp fires and dished it out to everyone. I slept in the trailer with Dorothy and Doug this time however my back was killing from all the riding and sleeping rough made it a lot worse.
Friday 4th February 2005
This morning I got up and feed and watered the horses then got some breakfast. We packed up the camp site and headed to the new camp site. Once we arrived at the camp site we set up and me Dorothy and Tim went to one of Dorothy friends, Isabelle house for showers and shaves. She had a massive 42 inch TV so I stayed there for most of the day talking to Eva and Isabelle, and watching Home Improvement. Later we met up with everyone at the barbecue and party that night for everyone on the trail rides. There was a total of 13 different trail ride groups who met up and each having around 100 – 400 riders per group. We partied that night however I couldn’t dance because I was in a lot of back pain. After the party I went back and slept at Isabelle’s house and got a great night sleep.
Saturday 5th February 2005
I got up around 10am and felt great most of the pain had gone and I was up to going to shopping. Dorothy and Tim came to pick me up and we all went shopping. Isabelle’s daughter (Eva) came with us as well. I got a load of cowboy stuff shoes pants and shirts which were very cool. We headed back to the camp site to get changed and get the horses ready for the grand entry. After we left everyone to go into the grand entry we went to look around the rodeo grounds, and looked through all the different shops. We finally found the embroidery stall and order my custom made jacket, with my name and the trail ride logos on it. Once we had finish and got something to eat we set off to meet Dorothy to do go to stay at Dorothy house now and get the horses back home. When we got there we released the horses into the ranch field and you should of seen them go they shot off the jumped up and down happy to be home.
Then we head down to the house and I unloaded my stuff into the house and watched a bit of TV before going to bed.
Sunday 6th February 2005
The next day is rodeo day. We set off to the grounds to meet up with Jess, Dion and Isabelle. Before going into the rodeo went to pick up my jacket and it was nearly finished when we got there and it was amazing so detailed logo. After that we went in the rodeo and found our seats I sat with Jess and Dion. I took loads of photos of the bull riding and bucking horse riding which was pretty cool. There were a few cow boys who stayed on longer than 8 seconds. After the rodeo there was a live concert of a great band called a sleep at the wheel. Which placed great and they had some star guest singers and Dorothy and Doug had a great time dancing in the walk way. They had a great laser and light show too. After the concert we had a walk around the rodeo grounds and got a load of free food and a free Koozie. We had a look at the Budweiser show horses and Doug picked out a traditional wagon he wanted. We went to meet back up with Jess and Isabelle and watched and danced to a cool band. Then we set of to go home.
Monday 7th February 2005
Today Dorothy was working so I hung out with Doug and got some hey and some special food for the cows and horses, before meeting up with Dorothy at the Mall to get my new cell phone. I got a Nokia 6015i which I a pretty cool phone. It hasn’t got a built in camera but it might still when I get home. We went for some food and had and look around the mall. We then dropped off the other truck and we all headed off back to the rodeo grounds. To pay for Doug’s wagon and set off to the store and get some ice cream and cans on the way home. That night we all sat watching The Simpson’s and Malcolm in the middle. This was Doug’s last night as he was flying back to Iraq tomorrow afternoon. After they had gone bed I decided to play with my new cell phone. I gave Linda a call to see how she was and tell here I arrived safely.