All smiles looking back to me at one of our break points on this morning's skijor!
|"So fun being a 2 husky team again!" declares satisfied Zorro.|
"I'm really getting the hang of this and LOVING it!" declares happy young Jack.
Our solution? Well, stick to the lesser used of the nordic trails and hope they were not too tracked up. The result? Success! Look at the following shot.... You can see some existing tracks in the middle of the trail; but the shoulders are pristine and/or barely touched! Now, look closely as the shininess of the set tracks - this is ICE! You cannot skijor on ice as the human becomes frictionless and the sled dogs take "lack of friction" as a signal to floor it. Well, "floor it" and "ice" rarely combine into a happy ending :) But, notice the angle of this photo and you see that I am on the shoulder with my skis while Jack is sprinting the easy set track with Zorro straddling the shoulder and track.
|Fast & flying Siberian Huskies with just enough untouched shoulder for the human to|
safely come along.
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We are still taking 2 breaks during our short skijors as we train and grow young Jack. The breaks are good practice for him to learn to listen and stop on command and they are also good to give him a couple of chances to rest and catch his breath during the outing. Zorro, of course, could do these short runs with no rest; but that would only serve to discourage Jack as he could not keep up.
|"Stop again? Ok! Did I mention I am having so much fun!" declares happy Jack.|
"If I point us to the right, can we get started again?" asks Zorro.
|"Here I come, here I come! Save some for me!" states cute little Rudy.|
Another fun, fast albeit short "start to finish" run with Jack joining Zorro: 2.1 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.
2017/2018 Season to Date: 47 days on the trails covering 318.4 miles with 29,600 feet of elevation climbed.