The trails on today's skijor outing went from wide to narrow to deep as we toured around Indiana Creek.
As is usually the case, the trail started packed & wide at Indiana Creek:
|Putting our shoulders into the harness to haul the human up the packed & wide start|
to the outing.
Today the "packed & wide" stretch of trail ended after 3/4 of a mile and then we were on a narrow single track for about the next 2.5 miles. If you step out of the track, you sink in snow and cannot keep pace; so it was single file skijoring for this 2.5 mile stretch:
|Max jogging point as you can see the narrow trail winding through the forest.|
|Extended single file skijoring always leads to taking turns running in point.|
Zorro leading us along as Max takes a break in 2nd slot.
We never fail to "out ski" the existing tracks in Indiana Creek. A normal cross country skier does not go as far as Siberian Powered Skijoring. We did a loop in Indiana Creek, so did not re-use the narrow single track for the return route. Instead we were breaking trail to laying fresh tracks for over 3.5 miles of the outing:
|Powering along in deep snow far back in Indiana Creek.|
|Continuing to set our own track as we loop down through the "Indiana Creek Gulch" to|
return instead of going back on the single track.
Eventually we connected back to the original packed & wide trail to arrive at the trailhead:
|Zooming to the finish of the run for the day.|
The complex terrain of Indiana Creek always leads to shorter than average outings; but everyone is all smiles after completing a complex run: 7.3 miles with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.
2013/2014 Season to Date: 122 days on the trails covering 1052.2 miles with 122,000 feet of elevation climbed.