Sunday, February 7, 2021

This to That

 Fresh moose tracks upcoming to our right?

"Hey, moose tracks ahead!" declares Rudy pulling back a bit to check the tracks.
"Not fresh, keep going!" states onward Jack.
Jack is VERY accurate in "moose freshness" - so, "moose tracks?" Yes.
"Fresh moose tracks?" No :)

It was a very blustery morning on the trails. Part of our route took us up in elevation near treeline. Once up high, the wind gusts were brutal causing a "ground blizzard" around us:

Jack & Rudy powering through a ground blizzard caused by
intense wind gusts.

Are you thinking, "Brrr, wind chill?" Well, I was thinking and feeling "Brrr, wind chill!" What did Jack & Rudy think of the wind chill? Ha!

"What's a 'wind chill'?" asks young Rudy.
"So hot, rolling to cool off!" demonstrates goofy Jack.

Luckily (for me :), we did not spend very much of the outing at/above treeline. After battling through the wind, we dipped into the forest for a little aerobic trail breaking:

Plowing through powder on a deep side trail.

The reward for battling wind and breaking trail? Well, dropping onto the beautiful groomed trails of Gold Run Nordic Center. Talk about a serious "This (wind & snow) to That (groomie zoomie)!!!"

Groomed nordic trails! Zoom!

Come along for part of the fun on the groomie zoomies. I love this stretch of trail at Gold Run. It is a fast and wide straightaway leading into a tight left behind my speed demons and then back into a fast and wide straightaway. I can tell Jack & Rudy really get into this stretch as well. The straightaways last for about 4-5 minutes on each side of the tight left; but I cut the video down to each side of the left (nobody is going to watch a 10 minute video :)

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Despite chilling the human a bit with the wind gusts, it was an extremely fun day out on the trails!

"Glad the 'end of run' treats didn't blow away!" says focused Zorro.
"Yes, fun indeed!" exclaims happy Jack.
"I'm still wondering what a 'wind chill' is!" adds curious Rudy.

9 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 78 days on the trails covering 625.8 miles with 55,100 feet of elevation climbed.

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