Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Fast Packed

Ah, thanks for the kiss Zorro!
Zorro, who's not the biggest kisser (unlike Jack), giving me a little
peck as we dish out the 'end of run' treats today.
We had a wild day on almost "too fast packed" trails in & around Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. We went from one trailhead to another with Zorro and then I took the kids, Jack & Rudy, for another out & back on higher elevation trails. A fun time had by all and a real workout on the human's legs to keep us under control on the almost too fast packed trails!

Zorro came with for the first 1/3rd of the outing. Here we are flying along the fast packed terrain:
Flying Zorro in the middle with sprint-tucked Jack & Rudy on each side
(and the 'hanging on for dear life' human behind :)
Here we are approaching the second trailhead to hand Zorro off to Nancy. A few things to note. First, polite Jack knows we are approaching a stop point and is nicely backing off to preserve the human. Rudy is in his "flirt with mom" mood as he is focused & flirting with Nancy on the side of the trail. Meanwhile, Zorro is still 'pedal to the metal', full throttle ahead. Where happened to my polite veteran Zorro?
"We should be slowing to preserve the human!" declares trotting Jack.
"HI MOM!" exclaims flirting Rudy.
"Let's keep it going! Floor it!" adds monster Zorro :)
Come along for the video counterpart of the prior photo. We start out cruising along the fast packed Peaks Trail. If your volume is on/up, you will really hear my skis scraping against the hard packed surface as I try to maintain some control behind the power trio. Finally, as we approach the trailhead and Nancy on the side of the trail, you'll see polite Jack slowing. Zorro & Rudy are still full speed ahead; but notice how perfect they are as they shutoff and stop on a dime once I say, "Wait!" Good boys.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

After handing elder Zorro off to Nancy, I took the kids on an out & back on the upper elevation trails. We always get some nice views from up high:
Hovering Jack & Rudy as we approach the Hallelujah Warming Hut.
Nice view of the mountains behind the hut!
At our turnaround point and isn't this about the most adorable shot of happy Jack & Rudy?
"Hi Dad - we are having a BLAST!" declares the happy, happy pair!
A workout day for the human trying to maintain control on fast packed trails. A fun 1st 1/3 with elder Zorro and then second 2/3 with the fast & happy kids: 8.6 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 131 days on the trails covering 888.9 miles with 81,000 feet of elevation climbed.

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