Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Narrow Tracks

We have had so much snow the last 2 weeks that even the "popular trails" are narrow single tracks!
Riding along a narrow single track on the popular French Gulch Trail.
This trail is rarely reduced to a narrow single track!
Why "narrow single tracks" everywhere, you ask? Well, the snow is so deep and has been falling so frequently that nobody has the energy to venture out of the single tracks to widen the trails. When you arrive to the trailhead each morning, it is as if yesterday's "set track" has 5-10 inches of new snow and outside of the track has 1-2 feet! With all this new snow, we eventually always out-ski the human set tracks and find ourselves breaking trail:
No humans have been this far out French Gulch recently, so it is breaking trail for Max & Zorro.
Max & Zorro kept trying to fit "shoulder to shoulder" on the narrow trails, but each such side-by-side burst was short-lived...
Trying to fit side-by-side so we can open up the throttle. Wheeee!
Eventually our noses pulled us off trail to search for moose...
"Our noses say they are nearby!!!!" declare my intense moose hunters.
I though I may have saw something big & brown in the trees following Max's stare.
But, it could also have been a wishful illusion in the trees. Yet, Max & Zorro's noses said
a moose was definitely in the area...

We have had over 4 feet of snow fall in the last two weeks and the trails are certainly showing it! Still a very fun day albeit on narrow and slower trails: 7.8 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 57 days on the trails covering 438.9 miles with 46,100 feet of elevation climbed.

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