A few times a season I will try to repeat a long section of trail with Max & Zorro. A few times a season I get a mini-mutiny from my Siberian partners...
|"Hi! Beautiful, fast conditions today! Did you say 'wait'?" express Max & Zorro as I just called out|
to "wait" so we could take our midpoint break of the day.
Even once we resolve the mutiny and get going, it is a skijor pattern of "Trot, trot, trot - peek back at the human and check that he has really lost it and wants to repeat this trail. Then, trot, trot, trot - peek. And so on and so on." Needless to say, our skijoring pace is significantly slower than normal in this "trot trot trot peek - repeat" pattern.
So, why do I even try a "repeat trail"? Well, every once in a while I lose my senses (according to Max & Zorro) and think it sounds fun to extend the day's outing by reusing a section of trail 3+ times. Oh you silly misinformed human - do you not understand anything?!?! I typically end an outing where I tried a "repeat trail" proclaiming, "Well, Max & Zorro still balk at a 'hamster wheel' network of trails; maybe we'll try again next year when they are a year more mature! (hahaha)."
|Trying to restart down a trail that we have already done "out & back" once.|
Zorro peeking back to say, "Dude - we already did this - next..."
|A lot of talking from me about starting down this same trail AGAIN and we are slowly off.|
Max glancing back to say, "Hey are you lost? We ALREADY did this!"
|We had been going good for a short stretch until Zorro loses his gas pedal and Max|
looks back to say, "Boring - we really need some new terrain!"
|We just started to hit our normal skijoring speed when Zorro has to peek back just once|
more, "Really? The same trail? Are you nuts?"
Hitting some nice speeds along a "repeat trail". Notice the trail is barely 2 Siberians wide.
If you step off the packed trail, you will sink into "Siberian chest deep" snow in most places.
So, it is a shoulder-to-shoulder tight team to stay on the trail and get some real speed.
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Tally for the day: 8.3 miles, 1000 feet of elevation gain, top speed of 20 MPH and a "human gone loco who forgot we are Siberians, not Hamsters!" (signed Max & Zorro).