With temperatures predicted to reach 105°F, the members of the Kentucky Trailblazers gathered at the farm of John and Connie Minks near Harrodsburg, Kentucky over the weekend of June 29-July 1 for a wagon ride. The area was very dry and under drought conditions. Most of the members arrived on Friday night in time to enjoy a simple hot dog supper. On Saturday morning, after enjoying Connie's great breakfast, there were 14 wagons and buggies ready to ride. We planned to cover about 30 miles through Mercer and Washington Counties in central Kentucky. The group quickly split up into two groupings of 9 faster teams and 5 who preferred a slower pace. In both cases, there were a lot of breaks and several homes along the way provided us with water for the horses. The route included a long bridge with a steel grated floor that many of the teams were not eager to go across. Upon returning to the farm, we had a great dinner and were entertained by a couple of young local singers.
Sunday started out a little different from Saturday as a lot of members decided that they were not up to another day of riding in the over 100° heat. There were 5 wagons, however, that were harnessed up and ready to go. Three of the wagons split off after a few miles as they were going to proceed on to their homes via a different route. Two wagons, however, continued on and we rode a total of about 20 miles before returning to the farm in the afternoon. Everyone seemed to have a great time both days despite the heat. Click the links below to see the photos I took over the weekend!!
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