Monday, December 21, 2015

Cruising Day

A fun day cruising all over Sally Barber Mine and French Gulch - wheeee!
Max & Zorro in a beautiful "sprint tuck" as we fly along the Sally Barber Trail.
This is one of our favorite "fast & wide" trails where we can really uncork the skijoring machine!

Today's short video clip showcases the "fast & wide" Sally Barber terrain. You might be wondering what Max is doing as he occasionally drifts to the right and gets some slack in his gangline. Well, he is testing the "right side of the trail" for firmness. He does this test 2 or 3 times before concluding that the right side of the trail is too soft to go as fast as your partner in the harder packed left track, so he finally moves into the left track with Zorro to fly along with his brother. Smart guy!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

The French Gulch portion of the outing had an interesting trail dynamic. There were two set single tracks along the French Gulch Trail with soft & shallow powder in between. The single tracks were too narrow to run fast shoulder-to-shoulder, so Max & Zorro each took their own track and let me glide along the soft powder middle. Fun partners!
Zorro in the left track, Max in the right track, Brad in the middle powder - wheeee!

Did I say "French Gulch"? You know what that means....
"Fresh moose tracks right off the trail!" exclaim track inspecting Max & Zorro. The tracks
seemed very fresh & recent based on their intensity in inspecting them!

Follow your nose and...
"Found one camouflaged in the trees across the gulch!" declare the moose staring pair!
Note that we were standing in a moose track when spotting the moose across the gulch (notice
the snow wall on each side of Max that was made by a moose walking along).

Great day cruising Sally Barber and French Gulch with a little moosing far back in the gulch: 8.8 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 39 days on the trails covering 328.6 miles with 34200 feet of elevation climbed.

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