Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good, Bad, Ugly

The good, the bad and the ugly on the trails today at Swan Valley...
"A mix of conditions; but we still had a GREAT time!" exclaim the happy pair watching
me kneel to get equipment out of my backpack.

We had "the good" as we were able to open up on straightaways where we could see snow covered ground far in front of us:
A beautiful section of trail to "open it up" - wheeee!

Yet, we had to slow down when we entered any blind curve in the trail in case the other side of the curve had an unwelcome surprise. We would enter many such curves on "the good" only to find "the bad" waiting for us on the other side...
Yikes - what an unwelcome surprise on the other side of a blind curve!

Carefully traverse a section of "the bad" and we would find a nice section of "the good" to cut loose on again:
Towing the human up a slight lift of "the good" on the trail - so fun when good!

But constantly slowing to carefully traverse "the bad":
Eek - exposed ground all around with a narrow ribbon of death to skijor through!

Finally, the ugly....
A quiz for you on "what is wrong" with the last photo:
   (a) only a trace of snow over ground!
   (b) you can see a ski pole but no ski tips!
   (c) all of the above.

Well, the answer is (c). We had to take off the skis to hike final 3/4 mile of trail today. I have a nice backpack to carry the skis; but it is such a shame to have to use it.

A day of cautious skijoring due to "trail surprises" and hiking on foot to complete the day: 7.2 miles with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 123 days on the trails covering 1061.2 miles with 112,250 feet of elevation climbed.

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