Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bluebird Day

A stunning & beautiful bluebird day today!
Trotting along the French Gulch Trail with a magnificent blue sky all around us!

(1) We started on French Gulch Road to get a fast start track:
Zooming along with the first abandoned building of the Lincoln City ghost town
coming into view on the left.

(2) Once on the trails, the lower portion of French Gulch was a nice "two shoulders wide" set track:
The blue sky was absolutely impressive all day long!

(3) Up into the middle section of the gulch and the trail is still a nice "two shoulders wide" albeit a little less packed than down low:
Trot, trot, along we go...

(4) Few go as far as we do in the gulch and the trail typically gets narrower and narrower the further you go. About 2/3 of the way out the main trail and we are down to single file skijoring on a narrow set track with tall snow walls.
"I'll take lead for now." says Max as Zorro happily jogs behind him.

(5) On a narrow single track, we alternate who gets to run lead (and pull the human) and who gets to jog in second position and rest.
Snow covered trees, deep blue sky and endless untouched snow outside of the set trail as Zorro
leads us further into the gulch.

(6) As is typical, we almost always out-ski existing tracks. We have not been to the far end of French Gulch since the recent big storm and neither has anybody else. I guess the humans are waiting for some Siberians to come break trail before anyone makes it to the end :-)
"Got it, the world needs me to break the trail!" exhibits powerful, trail breaking Max.

We had been in the midst of one of the most powerful storms on record until today as 4 feet of snow fell on our trails from Wed night through Saturday. But, today brought out an incredible bluebird day to show off the sky, trees and tons of new snow!

A beautiful day covering 8.3 miles with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 82 days on the trails covering 702.4 miles with 82,500 feet of elevation climbed.

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