Saturday, January 28, 2017

26 MPH Chase

Topping 26 MPH as we play "chase & catch" with a dog sled team from Good Times Adventures in front of us on the trail this morning!
Max & Zorro sprinting along the fast trail. I have overlaid the speedometer from the GPS which
clocked us going 26.1 MPH this morning. Zoom.
Look closely and you can make out the 8-dog team with musher in blue ahead of us on the trail.
Nothing like chasing your sled dog buddies to give you motivation to surpass 26 MPH :)

Here is the short video that goes along with the prior photo. We had just come off a side trail and saw this team going along the trail in front of us. "Oh Boy - sled dog chase!" is what we all thought as I got ready to ride behind Max & Zorro for a long sprint on this section of trail. Unfortunately, the dog team stopped after about only 30 seconds of chase. Oh well, we still had a blast following them!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Note the end of the previous video and you see the team (and the group with it) stopped such that we could not pass. Normally I would have swung to the left and went 'on by'; but there was too much traffic and congestion; so, as you see in the video, we stopped too. Well, the team did not restart immediately, so "talkative Max, the bucking bronco" decided to try and urge everyone on...
"GO - you are killing me!" SCREAMS Max at the crowd in front of us as he bucks in the
air to give extra emphasis to his scream :)
"Yikes, 'bucking bronco', I'm moving out of the way!" says scooting to the right Zorro.
Finally going again and here we are encountering another team coming the opposite direction.
"Hi friends!" say Max & Zorro to their happy friends looking at them too.
On by we go in search of more teams to play 'sled dog chase' - wheeee!
A fun day of chase, pass and on-by with teams from Good Times; including a short '30 second sprint' after a team where we surpassed 26 MPH: 10.1 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 69 days on the trails covering 550.6 miles with 58,700 feet of elevation climbed.

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