Stepped outside my comfort zone with a back to basics drive and what fun it was!
Merlin and I started our afternoon playing dress up with some older blankets that were used in the past. Interesting Luc’s actually fit him and Dev’s blanket was too large, that was a surprise. Both are going to be way to warm for summer hauling so the lining may have to come out, but that is do-able. It would be nice to put those blankets back into operation with some butt no-more-rub padding.
Merlin has a Pacific Cart driving date soon. That means his harness needed the sliding backband added to it and all the other changes it takes going from team to single. That took another good hour since I decided my singles harness will not fit him. Once the harness was reassembled, I decided one might as well hitch up. After about another hour of adjusting the harness to the cart and to the donkey we were set to go.
It felt really different and I had forgotten how absolutely quite the Pacific Carriage Gig rides and how smooth. I didn’t get that floating shafts ride we all dream about but both Merlin and myself were comfortable. Merlin is a tad too tall I think for this vehicle to get the shafts completely level. We took the well used wheat stubble field trail and until we hit a big ole’ rock that ride was quiet, smooth and fun with the big striding Merlin at the helm.
It was 55 degrees with an 8 mile per hour breeze that was pretty darn cool, our overnight temperature was only 21 degrees so fall has definitely arrived. The air was full of smoke not only from all the wide fires Idaho has been plagued with the past month but also from the farmers burning stubble off their fields. Air quality has been horrible.
It has been so long since driving the Gig, the adjustable shafts were in the wrong hole. The Gig really does fit Merlin better than this!
We had a 50 minute two mile drive and once Merlin got use to the feel of the cart he was perfect! He’ll do fine on our company drive. Had so much fun I hope to do it again tomorrow!