In the winter, of course, the sled dogs pull sleds. But in the summer, we have to be kind of creative about what they pull.
Sometimes we use a scooter.
Sometimes they pull a cart.
And you may have noticed that this spring, for the first time, we’ve been experimenting with bikejoring, aka dogs pulling a bicycle.
The reason for that is that @TrekBikes sent us a mountain bike (and helmet)! And now I’m hooked. Thank you so much, Trek!
I started biking; Pepé started running; it was so smooth that it felt like a dream.
She seemed to read my mind, turning on a dime to go down unexplored trails, dodging rocks and trees at a steady pace as we went deeper into the woods. And the bike flowed over everything easily.
So naturally, I got cocky.
We got to a part of the woods I’ve never been to before. Pepé turned her head to start circling towards home. Ha! I told her — turn left! Let’s keep exploring!
We waded through muck that was knee-deep on me, chest-deep on Pepé. Then the fallen trees got thicker. But also, I really wanted to know where this trail went. Even though it sort of didn’t seem like a trail anymore?
[audio, Blair talking: “There you are! Thanks for waiting. What do you think is the best way through? That way? ... Oh yeah, that looks like a good way.”]
One logical option was to turn around.
But I’d fallen prey to the delusion of bushwhackers everywhere: surely I’d done so much crawling, wading, and climbing to get to this point that it would be easier to just find another way out.
The sun was getting low and I didn’t have a headlamp, so I figured I’d just keep heading east until we hit a road.
And now I can’t wait to do it again.
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