Power Steering with Cruise Control

Right out of the gate and passed by a vehicle. This is our East Side Wheat Field and it should be ready to harvest in about ten days.

Hank and Merlin had the opportunity to follow in Luc and Galahad’s footsteps today.  We retraced the drive into the hay field in the bottom of the draw. 

This is the hayfield we have been visiting. Click all the photos for a larger view.

With Luc and Galahad I have to actively “drive” this team, correcting direction and speed with the use of rein and voice control.  Once I set where I want Hank and Merlin to walk and at what speed, that is it, I’m done.  They will walk this way mile after mile, Merlin will step over pop and beer cans and never veer around them and if we run over one, it is no big deal!  Galahad has to make a circle away from whatever it is that might go under his feet.  Today we had a large hawk dining on a small carcass and Merlin walked right past it, stopped, smelled the air and really looked it over then went on.  There is no way Galahad would have gotten this close to whatever it was.  The difference in these two teams amazes me.

As soon as we hit this shade tree all forward motion ceases, even if they leave me out in the hot sun! Come on Guys… Give me a break too!

  Hank, the blue roan, and Merlin, the tri colored spotted Mammoth Donkey have been driven 13.5 hours and a little over 27 miles during the month of July.

This is our southern hay field looking into the south end of the East Wheat Field, from here we are on our way home!

Our 2012 totals for these two are 32 hours of drive time, and almost 70 miles in a total of 16 hitches.  Overall Totals since Teamdonk #2 started driving in the spring of 2011:  206.8 Miles, 83 Hours in 39 Hitches. 

Go back to the post Ode To A Windmill posted June 20th to see what this scene looked like just a few short months ago!


About Teamdonk

Teamdonk is all about Kristi's three driving and riding donkeys. Join us as we share our adventures. Meet the boys Luc, Galahad and Merlin. Don't forget to visit the older blogs at www.teamdonk.wordpress.com, 2010, 2011, 2012 13 & 14 add the year like this www.2015teamdonk.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Power Steering with Cruise Control

  1. Mel N.Y. says:

    Team #1 just wants to keep your driving skills tuned up! 🙂

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