Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sprint and Hunt

Today was a "sprint & hunt" day on the trails
Sprinting along the Sally Barber Mine Trail - zoooom!
The first leg of the outing involved going up to Sally Barber Mine and then down to the base of French Gulch. This is always a fast trail; but today it was a super fast trail. We topped 22 MPH along this sprint leg of the outing.

Today's video highlight shows one of the multiple open straightaways along the Sally Barber Mine Trail. It is always fun to see the trail empty in front of you and uncork the Siberian Skijoring Machine!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

The second leg of the outing involved going out & back on the main French Gulch Trail. The theme for this leg of the outing was "hunting moose" as we encountered fresh moose tracks along the trail early on and this put Max & Zorro in moose seeking mode for the rest of the outing.

You can tell that moose tracks are fresh by my partners behavior. If they are fresh, they will stop on the trail & dunk their heads into the moose tracks and then quickly raise their heads to survey the surroundings for moose. The more animated their "dunk & look" means the moose was here very recently!
Fresh moose tracks - dunk!

Once they sniffed the initial "fresh tracks", it was moose hunting all day...
Another set of moose tracks further down the trail (notice them in front of Zorro).
The intensity with which both were looking to the right told me the moose were certainly
nearby. We never saw them (as they often hide in the trees), but Max & Zorro's noses definitely
caught their nearby scent! 

A lot of sprinting, a lot of moose hunting and a lot of fun all day: 9 miles with 850 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 19 days on the trails covering 150.1 miles with 16300 feet of elevation climbed.

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