Today's skijor outing took us on a tour of the old ghost town of Dyersville.
|"Come on - let's go! We hear there is a party to get to in Dyersville!" say my partners as|
they launch off the ground for a very fast start to the outing.
The trip to Dyersville starts at the Indiana Creek trailhead and begins along a well-traveled set of cross country tracks. But, the route quickly deviates from the set tracks and you climb for over 1000 feet into the backcountry in increasingly deepening snow.
Upon arriving at "downtown Dyersville", Max & Zorro quickly renamed it Mooseville!
Finding downtown Dyersville void of moose, we decided to tour the town before heading back. We went up, down & around the "streets" of Dyersville finding the occasional moose track here, there & everywhere; but not a moose in sight. We even went as high as the Warriors Mark Mine above Dyersville, but no luck. I guess we missed the moose bash this morning at downtown Dyersville...
|Coming back down into downtown Dyersville from the Warriors Mark Mine.|
The deep snow trough we are in is the trail we broke ourselves on the way up.
"Dyersville sure has deep snow; but what about the moose party?!?" question Max & Zorro.
Our total route for the day consisted of climbing from Indiana Creek to Dyersville, then touring for a couple miles around Dyersville and finally ascending down the same path we took up. As you can see from most of the photos, we were breaking trail in deep snow all around the ghost town! The outing covered 8 miles with a total of 1200 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.