Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Catch the Groomer

First tracks on a beautiful groomed nordic trail this morning!

Flying on the groomie zoomie!

Today we got to play one of Jack & Rudy's favorite activities on the trail: Catch the Groomer. Put a groomer in front of them and they want to catch it. We played catch the groomer all morning long today. We'd give the groomer a head start, then play catch the groomer and then turn around to give the groomer another head start and then repeat (again and again and again :)

Near the start of the outing, I heard the groomer in the distance. I know the route he travels to groom so I adjusted our route to intersect with him and let Jack & Rudy play catch the groomer.

"The groomer! The groomer! Must catch the groomer!!!" demonstrate Jack & 
Rudy flying along once they spotted the groomer ahead of us.

Groomers are pretty slow and methodical beasts, so fast Jack & Rudy always catch them if they are ahead of us on the trail. After each catch, we would either turnaround and ski the other direction to give the groomer another head start or we do a quick out & back on a side trail to give the groomer another head start.

Zipping along a side trail to give the groomer another head start
on the main trail.

Each time we'd turnaround or reconnect onto the main trail it was pedal to the metal to catch the groomer again.

"The groomer! The groomer!" go the silly kids catching the groomer once again.

Then another head start and another fun chase. Repeat, repeat, repeat - you get the idea :)

Caught him again!!!!

We know this groomer driver from years of using these trails. When the trail is safe & wide enough, he'll stop and wave us on by. So, occasionally we get to play Pass the Groomer too! We had two fun pass the groomer events this morning. Come along for a great video starting with Catch the Groomer, then Pass the Groomer and finally Floor it once we've passed on by. Fun!

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Fun, fun day, right guys?

"Oh man, that was a BLAST today!" says the happy, focused pair.

So much fun this morning! 10.2 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 55 days on the trails covering 469.6 miles with 41,900 feet of elevation climbed.

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