Just speculating or maybe just being realistic; if this were the last drive of the year it was the perfect venture. There was a new field we had never explored before and Luc and I really enjoyed it. It was our first time driving where the stubble field had been machine rolled and it was as smooth as a baby’s behind… whell almost! It was in that field where we jumped the largest rack on a Whitetail buck I have ever seen. That boy was packin’! He was down in a bottom hiding in tall grasses between two gravel roads where he was totally hidden, even from Luc and I. WOW!!! How super thrilling it was watching him run off, didn’t take him long to get the heck outta there either! Whatta Rack that boy had!
I’ve been revisiting single driving on the Pacific Gig this month which has made me rediscovered the advantages over team driving. First, one can get a nice quick drive in. All it takes is just a couple of hours and sometimes that is all the time there is in my busy schedule. I do have a pole and a conversion kit for the Gig so it can be set up for a team vehicle. With another driver all the donkeys could go out for a drive at the same time. Now, how fun would that be?
The second reason is comfort. This vehicle has more leg room and with the seat size and adjustment I could take another person with me. The back of the seat is heavily cushioned and fits into the small of my back so there is much less back strain. It is a little bit heavier and rides quieter and smoother than the cart. Next driving season look for Merlin and Hank on the Pacific Carriage Gig.
It was 55 degrees when I hitched at noon and two hours later it was 65. We had warm sunshine, a light breeze along with heavy smelly forest fire smoke. The kind of smoke that lies on the ground and makes you drink every drop of water you brought with you and want more. The kind of smoke that tells Luc it is okay to cut across the stubble and go thru the field fire lines to home just because you need to get some relief. The rains are coming, the rains are coming…welcome relief is just a couple of days away! So if this is to be the end of the 2012 driving season, it was a great ending.
Today’s Stats: 4.4 Miles, 4.8 moving maximum speed which was a fast downhill walk, and we were out a little less than 2 hours
It’s rain all next week, so we’ll have to see what the next week and a half brings. Hopefully more October driving!