Saturday, November 21, 2020

Just Enough

Just enough of a dusting of new snow to glide over just enough snow pack on the upper trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning.

Zooming along! Just enough "snow dust" to safely open up the skijoring
engine on the hard packed surface underneath. Zoom!

The highlight of my day was the dusting of new snow that made it possible for us to skijor without any worries. This same terrain would have been hard packed to icy and very dangerous to skijor just yesterday. But, the safety dust made today a breeze for me to glide behind Jack and Rudy!

Jack and Rudy's highlight of the day? Fresh moose tracks crossing the trail and going into the forest:

Jack & Rudy standing in moose tracks as they scan the forest with
extreme intensity.

I could tell these tracks were very fresh from the kids' intensity. They REALLY wanted to go off trail and follow the tracks into the forest. Sorry, guys, the musher vetoed that idea :)

Back to my fun :) Here we go starting on the left side of the trail. I realize the right side is better conditions for me to ski. So, an "over to the right" command and Jack moves, then another "over to the right" and Rudy moves. Once on the right, it's pedal to the metal skijoring. Also notice about 36-37sec in and everyone slows without command when they hear my skis scrape and then they pick up the speed again once the skis sound right. Perfect skijor partners!

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As you can see in the first photo and video, the conditions were VERY nice most of the morning. But, it has been a dry & warm past week, so we did encounter some scary thin patches of trail. I had to take my skis off to walk over one extended patch of dirt and rocks. Then I had to stop to put the skis back on. Yep, I stopped and guess what happened :)

"You stop, we roll!!!!" demonstrate the snow rolling goofballs.

Finally, back to the trailhead and time for 'end of run' treats with elder Zorro:

"Serve them up!" declares the happy & focused trio.

A great day on the trails with just enough "snow dust" for fast & far skijoring: 9.6 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 12 days on the trails covering 89 miles with 8250 feet of elevation climbed.

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