From the Musher’s POV
We missed this Iditarod post down in the comments section from Snowhook musher extraordinaire AJ (Justin Savidis) while we were at the Tucson festival:
Good morning or afternoon from a snowy Nome, Alaska. Now that I’ve had a chance to collect some of my thoughts I wanted to say thank you yet again for a successful iditarod. Rebecca and I are very grateful for your support and friendship.
More will be forthcoming about this race but suffice it to say it was a challenge from start to finish. Early on I broke my runner and brake in the most dangerous part and contemplated whether or not I would be able to go on. None the less the team performed with exceptional skill including Rio who never rested and awl ways wanted to go on. Weather conspired against us though as we got to Shaktoolik and found ourselves pinned down for 16 hours longer than I wanted to be. Thereby allowing the field I had worked to pass to catch up to us. Learning experience.
Finally though we reached Nome with a happy but tired dog team who is now resting back home. Last night we held the finishers banquet where each musher has a chance to speak. Usually this is a boisterous affair where no one listens to each other. However, as I spoke I chose to speak about Melanie and her battle with cancer. Subtly the room became very still and focused as these previous strangers listened and honored Melanie’s life. The team and I were fortunate to take her along on the trail and to be able to share a little of Melanie and all of you with Iditarod.
Moving forward I’m not sure what next year will bring. We all share the same trail though and I look forward to seeing you a little on down the way.
Welcome new friends Doc, Sami, Jesse & Cooper from CA; and a friendly dude.
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