After another day of test rides, the crew started to break down camp.
The camera guy cleaned his camera and took a nap.
Horses were numbered.
One last major order of business. SPOT trackers. This is how the live tracking map was updated and how we’d be found in an emergency. Barry came over to the rider tents and passed out 2 SPOT trackers to each of us; one to attach to ourselves and one to attach to the horse (should we not be in the same place for some reason.)
Each tracker was programmed and we needed to test the functions. There are only 6 buttons and we were only using 5. Power, Track, OK, Help, and SOS. We were all pushing buttons. Little green lights were flashing and we all wondered if they were working. Barry walked over to the command tent and we all kept pushing buttons.
Barry came back looking very serious and told us, ‘We got a call from a battleship off the coast. We need to stop pushing the SOS buttons!’ Haha. OH, he’s not kidding! Yup, that button is tied into the GEOS International Response Coordination Center. And 12 riders with 2 trackers each….all in one place, hitting SOS? Not a good idea. So don’t test the SOS button.