Saturday, February 1, 2014

Two Extremes

Today's skijor outing found us enjoying the two extremes of terrain:
A fast packed French Gulch Rd and breaking trail in 15 inches on French Gulch Trail!

"We are having a great time!" say the happy huskies as they look back at our turnaround
point of the day.

It was an interesting day combining two extremes of skijoring. We started the outing skijoring up French Gulch Rd. The road was fast & packed, leading to a quick run to the French Gulch Trailhead. As soon as we transitioned from the road to the trail we immediately transitioned from "packed road" to "breaking trail in 15 inches of snow" - from 0 to 15 inches in a manner of steps! The French Gulch Trail had a narrow single track under the fresh snow. If you stepped out of the single track, you found yourself in 2 feet of snow (or more); so, it required single file skijoring up the trail. After a quick break, it was single file skijoring back down the French Gulch Trail; and, finally, it was a fast sprint back down French Gulch Rd.

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Trotting up French Gulch Rd.
A fast packed start to the run.
From "fast packed" to "single file trail breaking".
What an extreme transition!
Flip around and Zorro takes lead in our single
file trot back down the track we set on the way up.
And, finally, back to the fast packed
French Gulch Rd - ZOOM!

A nice video of our run back down French Gulch Rd as we closed out the day's outing - wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Combining a "fast track" and a "slow trail breaking track" into a 7.2 mile outing with 800 feet of elevation climbed with a top speed of 17 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 81 days on the trails covering 694.1 miles with 81,500 feet of elevation climbed.

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