Saturday, April 16, 2016

Passing 1000

Surpassing 1000 miles for the season this morning.
1000 and counting...
Look at my focused partners as we prepare for our "end of run" pork
treats. Such intensity :)

We needed 6.2 miles on today's outing to surpass 1000 miles. We decided to go to the (usually) easy network of Sally Barber Mine and French Gulch trails thinking that we'd skijor 8-9 miles and fly by 1000 for the season. Well, that was the plan, here's what happened...

It dumped snow overnight and we found ourselves first on the new snow at Sally Barber and breaking trail in 12-18 inches of powder on both sides of Sally Barber Mine. Wow Pow!

Here is the backside of the Sally Barber Mine Trail - breaking trail in 12+ inches of fresh powder!
Getting an aerobic workout towing the human through deep snow!

Here is the frontside of the Sally Barber Mine Trail - pretty much a mirror image of the backside with 12+ inches of fresh snow to plow through!
What an April Dump of Snow! Wow!

Well, breaking trail on both sides of Sally Barber Mine certainly put our goal of surpassing 1000 miles in jeopardy. But, determined to hit our goal we aborted the French Gulch Trail (which would have been breaking trail in 12+ inches of snow too) and decided to skijor French Gulch Road. The road was plowed down to dirt, but there was just enough "snow shoulder" for my skis so we could keep going and hit 1000 miles.
It doesn't look pretty - but it did the job. Notice the angle of the gangline as I am skiing in
the shoulder snow while Max & Zorro are trotting on the plowed road.

So much for an easy day to blow by 1000 miles for the season :)  6.4 miles of extreme trail breaking and then sketchy road jogging with 600 feet of elevation climbed.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 118 days on the trails covering 1000.2 miles with 109,500 feet of elevation climbed. 1100 miles - here we come. 1200 miles - we hope to see you.

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