Friday, March 11, 2016

Location =  Mars Court  
Distance =  12.41
Time =  2:12:52
Ave. Speed =  5.6
Max. Speed =  21.2
Monthly Dist. =    22.81
Yearly Dist. =  189.13

Sofie and I left the house at about 1:30 in the afternoon. It was a mostly sunny day with temps in the 50s. I started out with shorts and short sleeves but I had a windbreaker with me, just in case it got cool. I wouldn't need it.

We went over to Mars Court and then down Wild Turkey to David Canyon Road an then over to the beginning of the climb up Turkey Trot. I was anxious to find out how the new bike would perform on one of the hardest climbs around. The bike did okay. I struggled. I walked up quite a bit of the trail and we took a long break at the top. Sofie was thirsty.

After a while we continued on the More Turkey trail which went into another area that had been recently thinned and masticated. The ground was a giant mess of splintered wood. Several times we went off in the wrong direction and I had to stop and look around in order to find the trail and get back on track.

We hooked up with the West Boundary Trail and along the way Sofie started about eight or ten deer running that were minding their own business. I called out to her and she gave up the chase. We continued on Drop In and then stopped for another break at the beginning of Three Bottles.

While we were resting two ladies and an Australian Shepherd came walking out of Three Bottles trail. There was a trail map there and the ladies stopped to look at the map and they didn't notice us sitting in the shade. Their dog did, and he wandered over and the two dogs sniffed each other out and then he went back and sat down by the ladies. It was then that the ladies turned around and saw us. They never knew that their dog had already come over and said hello.

After a few minutes we headed up Three Bottles which included more walking on the hard parts. We eventually hooked up with Cajun Pine and then we were back on the road and headed up to the trailhead. I decided that we would take Big Dipper home and that starts off with a fairly steep downhill. I accelerated quickly and that left Sofie a little bit behind with some distance to make up. I heard a noise behind me and I looked back and I saw two dogs chasing after Sofie. I hit the brakes and jumped off the bike and started yelling at the dogs as I reached for my knife. Those dogs were so scared of me that they disappeared into the trees before I could get my knife in my hand. That situation could have turned ugly in a hurry. I absolutely would do whatever is necessary to protect myself and my dog.

After that little scare I got back on the bike and we headed for home. All is Good.

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