Riding with Wild Horses on the Oregon Trail

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This post is not actually about riding bikes or wild horses. It’s about being scared. Very, very scared. It was Friday morning and I had been waiting all week for test results from a breast biopsy. Tired of waiting by the phone, I loaded my bike and headed to the Red Desert. It’s one of my favorite places to explore and the vastness of the wide open spaces always soothes my soul.

 

I thought I was in a cell-phone-free zone. But unbelievably, my phone buzzed at the crest of a hill. It was my doctor and my biopsy result was positive. I had breast cancer. Just minutes later I dropped into a valley filled with hundreds of wild horses. Out of dozens of photos, only a few came out. My hands were shaking.

 

There were probably about 10 distinct herds, each led by a stallion and consisting of a handful of mares and their foals.

 

 

The Seminoe Cutoff of the Oregon Trail. Wind River Mountains in the distance.

 

A stone monument built by sheep herders to help them find their way.

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Following a small band of wild horses, one stallion and three mares. The stallion was out of sorts by my presence, at first. After I trailed them on my bike for awhile, they were curious and came closer. This was shot in the morning, before I received the call.
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