Over the last month or so, J has increasingly been getting little bits and pieces organised for the return of racing season. Some upgrades to the trailer, which we use to transport gear and dogs, but is also our bedroom and kitchen when we are camping at the racing sites, and much discussion about future upgrades. Finally we've decided to avoid making lots of little changes but to save up for a big upgrade in a couple of years. Today we organised a new mattress for the Murphy bed, debated using a tent for our kitchen and discussed cleaning out the bullnose of the trailer to see if we can better use the space we already have.
Dog gear is pretty much organised with booties, new harnesses and a sled drag matt arrived by mail from sledding outfitters in Canada and North America. Old harnesses are washed and ready to be packed back in the trailer.
The rig and scooter have been serviced and checked carefully. At the end of last season the scooter came a cropper and we thought the brake mechanism might have been damaged. When we looked at it more carefully recently, we found that the brakes were fine, but one wheel was badly warped. Today J picked up a replacement wheel, fitted with quick release axel, to allow us to travel to the big park where we'll be training, using just the car (aka Husky mobile) to transport us, the dogs, the gear and the scooter.
This means that we'll be starting training as regularly as possible, hopefully this week, if the weather is cool enough in the evenings.
And we're looking forward to heading up to a training camp run by the NVSDC in a fortnight - I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get to race this year and am looking forward to learning more about how to manage a scooter and a dog out on the trail.
The dogs are just as keen as we are to get going - each time J and I put shoes on, we have four muzzles eagerly thrust into the way, and Bolo starts "talking" to us - 'can we pleeeeeeeeeeease go for a waaaaaaaaalk? A ruuuuuuuun?'
Not too much longer to wait now, and once we head off to the training weekend, we will be away three out of four weekends until the beginning of September!