Finally able to load up early and leave for the north country. It was all or nothing.... me and Richard and all the dogs including my three retired dogs. Wasn't sure if we would manage it as I certainly didn't want to stress the older dogs. But they were up for it and so, off we went! I made the most of being able to simply focus on running dogs and not have to divide my time between work, chores, housework, grocery shopping, laundry and you know... everything that goes into a day. We managed to get a lot of miles under our paws and also try our hand at a check-point routine of run/rest, sleeping on straw, snacking etc etc. It was liberating and food for the soul. What a gift!