Saturday, February 9, 2019

Jack on the Inside

Zorro & Jack had a great time doing a "big boys" skijor on the trails with dog sled teams from Good Times Adventures this morning.
"Yes - we had a BLAST!" declare the super happy pair.
When I say "big boys" skijor, that means young Rudy did not come along as we did a distance further than he can do yet. The adults, Zorro & Jack, get to hit the trails without Rudy about once a week to get in a 8-10 mile skijor. Come along for today's fun....

We were cruising along the main trail when a dog sled team came from around a corner and was heading up the trail our direction. I was excited to do a "head to head moving on by" with Zorro & Jack; but, alas, the team turned left and off the main trail before we could connect.
"Wrong way guys - we are straight ahead!!!" yell Zorro & Jack :)
The large black dot directly ahead of Zorro is the musher and the little black dots to the
right of the musher are the sled dogs.
Cruising around, trying to find a dog sled team to flirt with. We kept spotting them on a different trail than ours. Fun to watch but not able to flirt:
"Over here!!!! Over here!!!" says Zorro & Jack.
You can barely make out the musher in the far left of this photo although we could see
him and his dog team clearly.
Eventually we found a team on the same trail as us but it was a narrow side trail only wide enough for a single team. So, I pulled Zorro & Jack back to let them pass on by.
"Hi friends!" says Jack to the 8 dog team running by.
Zorro is to the left of Jack, just out of the camera as I had everyone pulled in close to
not cause a problem with the passing team on such a narrow trail.
Finally, we found a team paused on the wide main trail. Time to cruise on by. Notice anything new in the following photo? Jack is on the inside track!!!! Today was his first "on by" being on the inside. To date, Zorro has been on the inside providing guidance; but today Jack executed perfectly on the inside himself!
"Hi guys, coming through..." say Zorro & Jack.
Here we go with the video counterpart to the prior photo. It starts with us flying along the trail until we come upon 2 people in the middle of the trail. The people are not with a dog sled which means they fell off the sled! Not to worry, we follow them to the stopped dog sled just ahead and then I stop Zorro & Jack to let them get reorganized. I skipped the reorganization in the video (just a bunch of people milling around) until they are finally in a position that we can pass. If you look closely the guide at the front of the group raises his had to tell us "ok to come on by" and we take off and cruise by. Jack gets a little distracted as we go by, but he only slows and does not stop or drift towards the team. Good boy Jack!!!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Fun with the big boys flirting with the sled dogs: 8.4 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2018/2019 Season to Date: 50 days on the trails covering 272.9 miles with 24,350 feet of elevation climbed.

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