He *might* have dumped his entire water bucket (big muck bucket size)
As far as the riding went, he was excellent for the amount of time off. The saddle fitter looked extremely nervous when I made the comment (as I was getting on) that he hadn't really been ridden in almost two weeks. He was a little nervous, but settled right down. He was really relaxed for our ride the next morning.
Fat Barn Cat
Since we have been back, things have just been average. The reality is not every ride will be the best, so when things are just average I should be happy. Because he is giving me very consistent rides. Consistent is good. I just want more, but really it has been so dang hot that it is really hard to press for improvements. At this point, I am just hoping to hang in there until things start to cool off. I'm so done and over these 90s+ with 70%+ humidity. In the meantime I am going to hang out with our case of averages.