Friday, December 19, 2014

Fast Lane

The primary difference between skijoring and cross country skiing?
The speed at which you move along the trails....
Cross country skier ahead of us on the Sally Barber Trail.
Seconds later and cross country skier behind us on the trail :)

I love the following short video clip. After we cruise through a left and right on the trail, you then see a cross country skier come into view far in front of us. Well, 15-20 seconds later and the "skier far in front of us" becomes a "skier now behind us" - wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Today's outing took us up & over the Sally Barber Mine Trail and then out & back on the main French Gulch Trail. The Sally Barber leg was wide & fast, as you see in the video above. The French Gulch leg is usually much narrower as it is not nearly as popular a trail as Sally Barber:
Just wide enough to jog shoulder-to-shoulder as we cruise out the French Gulch Trail.

Eventually all existing ski tracks ended and we followed a moose track into the back meadow of French Gulch before turning around and heading back the same route (I could see far down the trail to verify the moose was not still around).
"Let me survey the meadow for moose before turning around!" says moose scanning Max.
"Let me know what you see tall bro!" says short Zorro resting in the moose track waiting for
Max to report back.

A fast up/over Sally Barber Mine and then laying fresh tracks out/back in French Gulch: 8.9 miles with 850 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 40 days on the trails covering 329.3 miles with 35,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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