Monday, December 30, 2013

Fast Day

It was a great, fast day on the trails in the Swan Valley Recreation Area as we topped 26 MPH for the second time this season!
Zoom, zoom zoom!

There was about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of new snow on the Swan Valley snowmobile trails. This is just enough friction for the human to feel safe uncorking the Siberian Machine (bare snowmobile trails are often too icy to feel safe going full throttle). Clearly Max & Zorro agreed with the conditions as we hit our top speed of the season for the second time today. Usually we hit 26 MPH 1-2 times a season, this year we have reached 26 twice before the end of December. I wonder if 2014 has a 27 MPH record waiting for us :-)

It was fast uphill as the Siberians are putting their shoulders and legs into moving
me up an incline!

It was fast on every trail. I love this section of a somewhat narrow trail in the forest.
You can see the Siberians really want to kick it into high gear as I am snowplowing
on & off to keep us in the "low 20 MPHs" going into blind curves - wheeee!
This isn't the section where we hit 26 MPH, but this trail is so fun that it had to
be the video of the day...
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

"Sorry, we speak Siberian!" say the airborne pair flying by the 'SLOW sign' marking we
are approaching the trailhead. This may have been our 26 MPH point (after already
having run 12+ miles!)

One of the added highlights of the Swan Valley trails is occasionally encountering "sled dog tours" run by Good Times Adventures. We encountered this group of 8 huskies on tour today. I am pretty sure one of them was one of our buddies from when we ran a sled with Good Times last April.
"Hey buddies!!! Wish we could join you!" say Max & Zorro as we 'on by' a
dog sled tour from Good Times.
"Fast speeds, good mileage and saying 'hi' to our buddies from Good Times!" say
a happy Max & Zorro clearly enjoying the run today!

Tally for the day: 12.4 miles with 1400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 26 MPH.

Current season totals: 475.4 miles, 56000 feet of elevation climbed, top speed of 26 MPH and 55 days on the trails.

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