|Cruising up French Gulch - in between team|
organization meetings and/or fox hunting,
depends who you ask...
The real highlight of Saturday's skijor outing was, "Look out for that FOX!" - as a silly red fox popped on the cross country trail less than 10 feet in front of us, sprinted a few feet up the trail and then shot off the trail.
What do Max & Zorro think of a fox on the trail, you ask... "FOOOOOOD! MUST CATCH! MUST CATCH!" I am not sure if I really went airborne after they bolted towards the fox; but I sure felt like I was airborne! The fox incident lead to 3 states of affair: (1) I had two "super juiced" Siberian Huskies on the hunt for the rest of the day; (2) we had many "team organization meetings" to discuss the objective of skijoring as opposed the objective of hunting foxes; (3) my partners were possessed and I was determined to re-establish myself as pack leader at all costs (thus the team organization meetings ;-)
Despite the "fox possessed" Siberian pair, it was a fun & fast tour up French Gulch and to Sally Barber Mine.
The Route: Reiling Dredge trailhead up French Gulch Rd to & past the French Gulch winter trailhead; up French Gulch to the last private cabin in the gulch; sprint back down French Gulch to the Sally Barber Mine trail; up to Sally Barber Mine; sprint down to the Barney Ford trailhead.
Vital Stats: 8.7 miles (surpassing 200 for the season!); 1h 45m total time; 1h 25m moving time; 6.15 MPH moving average; 21 MPH top speed.
You read that right - an impressive 6.15 MPH moving average (especially given the elevation gains) and an impressive 21 MPH top speed! But, a surprising 20 minutes of "idle time" - did I mention our need for frequent team organization meetings to discuss skijoring over fox hunting????
|Taking a break at the last private cabin in French Gulch.|
Max & Zorro are convinced the fox MUST be under the snow here!
|Nice shot from Sally Barber Mine looking over French Gulch.|
|Closeup of Sally Barber Mine.|
|Max raising his nose - "where'd that fox go?"|
Zorro digging to China - "maybe the fox is under the snow here!?!!"