Here’s the overnight report from Rebecca, CEO of Showhook Kennel, our team in the greatest sled dog race on earth. Current temp here in the office is 65 above, just where we like it. Go Snowhook!
Ten to twenty degrees below zero is an ideal temperature for mushing. The dogs run well in the cold and the musher can still function at that temperature. However, the team has gone from balmy forty degree weather before the race to forty below not including the wind chill. You stop smiling at negative forty. You want to stop doing a lot of things at forty below. But, cold or not, dogs still need to be booted, watered, fed, and massaged.
Weather forecasts report a warm up beginning tomorrow as Team Snowhook runs toward Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the coast. With river travel behind them, the team will trot nearly ninety miles to Unalakleet. We can expect AJ to break up the long run by resting at new Old Woman cabin. The inviting cabin offers travelers safety and warmth and is a short distance after old Old Woman cabin. Why not rest at old Old Woman cabin? If the new cabin is inviting, the old shanty is less than welcoming. Legend holds that passersby should leave an offering at old Old Woman cabin—most leave candy—or her spirit will follow you on the rest of your journey and bring you bad luck. It is best not to risk it. Thanks to Leonard and Amalia, AJ has an offering of crushed tobacco.
Next stop: Unalakleet.
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