...and what time were you mounted and on your way to MTC, assuming that the horses were well fed...?
I think we met around 7:00 AM and the horses were done eating. Roman the horse I rode for years came from a ranch in Wyola. I brought cash to make an offer one year and found out that Roman had to put down because he broke his leg. The next few years I rode Rio a paint horse. He was one of Chip's personally owned horses.
One reason to leave early is the heat during the summer. When we rode down Noname it was 103 degrees and no wind at all. Roman's saddle pad a 1" wool pad was soaked through with sweat.
If you ride with Real Birds I think we left around 8:00 AM. Of course your starting location is the middle of the Big Village area and you cross the LBH within minutes of beginning the ride. Not much time spent in MTC on that ride. You cross it twice. The first time you stick close to the rive and ride along the bluffs as far as the NPS property at the R/B battle site. The second time you cross MTC is after riding down Cedar Coulée. The Real Bird ride was about 6.23 miles and lasted around 3 hours do to the stops and talks. Will Hutchison was on the ride last year. The only other person that went with us was a lady police officer from Australia.
James Real Bird is the current contact for these rides on the land between the two battlefields.