Wednesday, May 3, 2023

1300 Miles

We did it - second year in a row for Jack & Rudy surpassing 1300 miles of skijoring!

Currently at 1302.1 miles and counting...

"We are ready for 1300 more!" exclaims the happy kids.

With a trace of new snow overnight, we went to the upper elevation trails on Peak 7 this morning. I was hoping for a bit more new snow, but a trace is better than nothing as the trails get very slick this time of year when there is no new snow.

Near our highest point of elevation this morning and you can see Rudy's
footprints in the trace of new snow.

I call this type of spring snow "safety dust" as the dusting makes the trails a bit safer as the dust gives me some control on the otherwise slick and hard packed trails. A few times we could open up the throttle, wheeee!

Nice stretch to open it up with the help of the safety dust.

While the prior two photos look nice, they hide just how bumpy the trail really was. Come along for today's video highlight to see the camera (and, thus, me) bouncing around quite a bit on the bumpy terrain. The impressive thing about Jack & Rudy is that they will keep speed to a minimum when they hear my skis scraping and feel me bouncing around. I don't have to say anything, they know to maintain a gentle trot or jog to preserve the bouncing human. Great partners.

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If you look closely at the first photo, you'll see that the harness on Jack's back is white, covered with snow. How did this happen? Well, that photo was at our turnaround point of the outing. So, this is what happened right before the first photo :)

"Ah, rub a dub dub, rolling snow angels to cool off!" goes the silly kids.
Now you see how Jack's back got covered in snow!

Back to the trailhead and, despite the melting snowpack, the kids were able to find a snow wall to climb for end of run treats!

"Ready!" declares the happy & focused duo.

A bit of a rough & bumpy ride this morning, but at least we had the safety dust to allow us to cruise by 1300 miles for the season: 6.7 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 147 days on the trails covering 1302.1 miles with 119,200 feet of elevation climbed.


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