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Noojee Ride Report
On Sunday the 26th of November the Club headed off to Noojee for a much anticipated ride amongst the tall gums that surround the little township.
After leaving bright and early, with a couple of coffee stops on the way, we arrived at Ralph Cornwall Park. Slowly but surely riders with their mounts in tow rolled into the park ready for the ride ahead. With the clear flowing river rolling past nearby and the gentle sway of the huge gum trees above, it was even more impressive than I had imagined. Apparently the trout farm had released fish down the free flowing river that day. It was so peaceful down there that I think I could have even enjoyed a spot of fishing! I could see why some members had stayed at the Outpost Retreat the night before. A must next time we visit!
With the mounts saddled, we realized that our lead riders had not yet arrived.... A quick text from our quick thinking trail boss found that they weren't far away. Lucky because we were lost without even leaving the park! Grant and Kate, our lead riders ensured that we had a briefing of the upcoming adventure. We were warned that we would climb a huge hill at the beginning of the ride which would take the beans out of the more feisty steeds. Grant also suggested that we needed breastplates to keep our saddles in place during the ride.. Mmmm... I was starting to question how big these hills were!
After all 7 riders climbed aboard of their trusty steeds, we headed off up to the bush that hovered above the meeting place. It wasn't long before we started climbing.. and climbing... and climbing the hill described in the briefing. I think all the riders would agree it wasn't difficult but definitely took some of the sting out of the horses.