Big Rivers (Iditarod 2)
Here’s a very interesting overnight report from Rebecca (CEO of Snowhook Kennel) on yesterday’s portion of the race. Below (thanks Barb B.) – Rebecca and AJ with teammates Chet and Bernie (yes!). Just because we like it so much.
The race to this point is quite different than this point in last year’s race, a night and day kind of difference. Rather than running excited teams down an unrunnable trail, teams will spend ample time running on the river. The idea of flat mile after flat mile may seem easy and preferable. However, river travel can be boring for both dogs and musher. Boredom is a short journey to becoming demoralized.
AJ and the team will say good-bye to the Tanana River before running several miles on the mighty Yukon River. And, mighty is right. Both the Tanana and Yukon are massive rivers. The first time I saw the Tanana River, I remember thinking how very small in the world I felt compared to its size. The distance from shore to shore on these rivers leaves teams exposed to elements.
With the exception of brief overland trails, most of the race will be run on the river until teams reach the coast of Alaska. On the longer runs between checkpoints like the run between Tanana and Ruby, AJ will camp the team on the trail. AJ will likely haul a bale of straw out of the Tanana checkpoint for camping on the trail. Straw has a hollow core and provides a bed of insulation for the dogs. Straw combined with a putting dog jackets on the dogs and then covering them with fleece blankets can give the team extra warmth.
The name of the game for Snowhook’s musher and mutts especially on these long river miles is simple: Run. Rest. Repeat.
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