Bike Joring with Jess 45:00  5.5 mi (8:11 / mi)
Read an article in the Boston Globe a week or two ago about the rise in dog-powered sports like bike joring, skijoring, and canicross. Since Jess' DNA test claims she's 1/8th Husky (yeah, right) and she already pulls me down the street by the leash whenever we go biking, I figured that land-based dog-sledding would be right up our alley. (Plus, I might enjoy trail running more if I had a puppy-power assist)
All the gear showed up today, and within an hour I had the bike antenna hooked onto the stem, and we harnessed up and headed off to Delaney. Jess seemed fine with things on the access road in, so we ground our way up the hill and into the woods. It's definitely a challenge riding singletrack while tethered to a running dog just a few feet in front of the wheel, trying to modulate the brakes to keep the leash taut while following her line. We made it through, walked the icy stream crossing, and then took a shortcut back, skipping the harder stuff on the north side.
We ran into Jess' good friend Millie four different times on the way back, so the leash came off and the two of them romped around and much begging ensued.
All in all, a good first time out!