The bike and I have been home from Jasper for 3 days, so it was overdue for a 'test ride'. I rounded up my ever faithful, always up for adventure (as long as it doesn't involve livestock) pal Bet and we headed out.
I didn't suggest to Cricket that she come along, 'cause well....Cricket is....ummmm....how do I say this politely......ummmm.....oh heck - CRICKET IS SLOW!!! And it's not like I really just 'didn't suggest' - Cricket has never been good at taking suggestions - or commands really - she is a girl with her own mind, for sure!! So the truth of it is Bet and I snuck out of the yard when the 'Polar Bear' wasn't looking!!!
My bike is as wonderful on our trails as I hoped. Bet and I were having a blast zipping back and forth through the 'Green Land' that is adjacent to our land. We eventually zipped back, connected with our main 'out trail' where it leaves our land and headed down to the river.
I did have to walk the bike down the big sand hill leading to the river, but everything else I was able to get my 'Karate Monkey' up, down or through!!!
As we dropped down onto the river itself I noticed a bunch of BIG canine tracks "Hope those are Cricket's" I thought.
At that EXACT moment I heard a large animal huffing and puffing behind me. I think I spun around and jumped out of my skin all at the same moment. Ever brave Bet darted down the edge of the river.
There on the trail was a LARGE, WHITE, FEROCIOUS BEAST....yup....Cricket.
"What are you doing here", I gasped. She looked at me reproachfully. Yup, we were caught.
She stomped into the river, splashed around and got a drink while throwing evil glances over her shoulder.
"Ummm....sorry Cricket. I didn't realize you wanted to come along."
Yeah, that sounded weak to even me!!!
Cricket splashed in the river a bit more, I pedaled in the shallow sections and Bet tippy toed around the edge of the water (she doesn't like getting her toes wet - she says it reminds her of having a bath) before heading back up the hill and onto the dog trails.
|Bike and Border Collie tracks|
|Sled dogs and bikes now!!!!|
|"Ummm...Cricket....maybe you could move your head a bit to the left."|
The valley is almost ready for winter....us too!!!!