Monday, April 17, 2017

Water Sensor

Nice form Max!
Flying Max next to sprinting Zorro. Notice you can just barely make out the side of
the huge smile on Max's face :)
Another great day with cool morning temperatures allowing us to abandon set trails and tour the spring crust. What fun, right guys?
"Oh yes, what a blast!" says happy Max.
"I could go all day!" exclaims happy Zorro.
We spent almost the entire day sprinting and gliding through open meadows. It was nice to have a partly cloudy morning to keep the temperatures from rising fast (which would cause the crust to soften).
Zipping along - wheeee!
Today's video highlight features Zorro. First a little background: Zorro HATES liquid water (although he LOVES frozen water :)  I refer to Zorro as my "water sensor" as he will detect any & all water obstacles (hidden or visible) on the trail and swing away from them. This time of year, when things are melting, I watch Zorro closely as if he gives a "water hazard alert" I must quickly get behind him to follow the safe path to avoid the water hazard.

Okay, background in place, on to the video. Watch as we are happily sprinting along the sprint crust in a wide meadow. Then, Zorro's water sensor goes off and he cuts right to avoid an indent in the snow. Must be water right under this snow was my immediate thought. I quickly get behind Zorro and call "right" to Max (knowing he can leap this indent). Phew, water avoided as Max catches back up and off we go.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

To some, the day was quite warm :)
"Aw man, must roll to cool off!!!!" demonstrates silly snow rolling Max.
"Can we get going, YET?!?" asks impatient Zorro.

Another day of endless & fun crust touring atop Rabbit Ears Pass: 8.9 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 131 days on the trails covering 1097.9 miles with 116,000 feet of elevation climbed.

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