Nothing Happened (10/00)
You're not going to believe this after the
last few adventures. But for 3 runs in a row.... nothing happened.
We're tried different trails, different temperatures, and different combinations
of dogs. And.... nothing.
Yeah, I'm not believing it either.
But, being a willing victim to this tragedy, I plod on. We're going
to get our carting/sledding titles this fall. So we're training on
several 10-mile loops.
Day 1 & 2:
Starting out in the yard -- hookups are
a deadly thing... Especially since Summer's
in lead for the first time with Nu-Nu.
T. and Singer hooked in last.
I'm waiting for the troubles to start...
Now would be a good time to do seomthing,
kids... But they don't. We start down the driveway (no way
am I taking my hands off the t-bar to take pictures, folks, you can forget
it) and head for some big pine trees and I yell "Summer, Gee OVER"
and... and... and she does. (Huh?)
We get out on the main road and into a nice
Quickly becomes a flat-out gallop...
I knew it, no way they'd have a nice easy run. Not MY team!
So I'm prepared for disaster. I call
to them to "E-Z" (slow down) and then "Woah!" And well, heck, they do...
The rest of the trip went the same way.
They actually did what was requested. When I told them to Gee Over,
well, I'm stunned to say for the first time in 4 years, they DID.
And when I told them to "Haw-Over" again,
stunningly, they actually, well, Hawed over... Who the heck stole my pet
team and replaced it with these... obedient, trained sled dogs!!!!?
So feeling cocky, I took them off the nice
easy, FLAT, roads and put them on the lumpy, bumpy, dirt and fire road
we'll be using for our sledding/carting legs. Can they do 10 miles????
Th-th-these are b-b-bump-p-p-y bec-ause
we are g-g-g-going over b-b-bumps...
Still b-b-bumpy. Still pulling strong. Who are these dogs? Perfect pulling, gangline is straight as
an arrow down the middle. Heads down. Tails mostly down.
I can see the end of the trail...
We're almost there... And... they did it. I know you expected this
to be funny, but... well, sorry. Maybe I'll have a specular wreck
next time, but for 3 days in a row we had completely uneventful sledding
(well, except Summer deciding to take the lo---ong way home through the
creek, but oh well. No harm. No foul. No pictures.)