Sax, like any dog, needs exercise. And Ryan, like any lumberjack, needs lumber. Today we decided to combine the two, loaded the bikes onto the car, and drove up to the Sugar Pines, above Batlow.
You may remember the Sugar Pines as these;
However, if you can see those folks at the bottom, they’re part of a small film crew who were making a movie in the pines. There was a guy walking around in a body bag and everything, which Sax thought was very impressive.
Well, far be it from us to interrupt the arts, so we pushed forth on the bikes to the forestry proper;
Although we haven’t really taken Sax riding before, he got the idea quickly to chase after us, as we had the keys to the car. Just a note for the picture above; those stacks of wood at the twist in the path were easily three times our height. We didn’t realise until we were passing between them just how massive they were.
Sax gives chase! It was quite good to see him running full tilt after Ryan down a long slope, absolutely going for guts. We stopped every five or ten minutes to let him rest.
Although he didn’t always want to rest!
The legends of a giant in the forests around Batlow persist. We saw wild horses, a foal with its parents, but no giants. I mean man, how hard can it be to spot a giant? How small is this giant anyway? Come on! I’d happily believe in giants if I could see one in the wild.
Ryan stopped riding long enough to pose for Picture of the Day 84:
And then we were off again, riding on the wind, with Sax howling (figuratively) behind.
Up and down the trails we went. Finally, Sax was growing noticeably tired (he’d ran 9km), so we headed back to the car, where the student film was wrapping up. I didn’t see the guy in the body bag. I wonder…
As for Sax, he loved it, and it was fantastic to take him. I didn’t think he would be half as keen to keep going as he was. We’ll definitely take him again some time in the near future.
You’ve lived the dream, now share the experience: YouTube – http://youtu.be/cziWVi-1PIg … or something like that.