Saturday, June 4, 2016

Us Too

Somewhere there is a crazy guy telling his friends, "I snowmobiled Rabbit Ears Pass on June 3rd. It wasn't always pretty, but I did it!"
Replace "snowmobiled" with "skijored" and "3rd" with "4th" and that was us this morning :)
Following a fresh snowmobile track high up on Rabbit Ears Pass. Just one crazy snowmobiler
and 3 looney skijorers still out on the trails :)

This time of year we start summarizing outings we three ratings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Here we go for this morning's outing:

(1) The Good: we did a steep trail for Rabbit Ears as we hoped the snow up high would be better than what we encountered down low. Well, it was - opening the throttle on a stretch of The Good...
Wheeee and zoooom we go on a nice stretch of the good.

(2) The Bad: we refer to terrain as "bad" if we can keep the skis on but have to slow down for narrow and hazardous conditions. Some of the bad...
Barely two Siberians wide with mud on each side! Note the crazy snowmobiler took this same
path yesterday and barely kept his machine on snow!

(3) The Ugly: no way to cross without taking off the skis to walk over dirt & mud. Yuck - so ugly!
"Impassible!" declares shocked Zorro.
"We could leap over the dirt to the snow to the right, couldn't we?" asks Max looking at snow
within his leaping distance to the right :)

We had to take the skis off 6 times for The Ugly and had quite a few slow and cautious encounters with The Bad. But... We are still on snow in June! 7.8 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 152 days on the trails covering 1279.0 miles with 139,250 feet of elevation climbed.

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