Go Snowhook (More)
The Iditarod – world’s greatest sled dog race – starts today from Fairbanks rather than Anchorage, due to weather conditions. Here’s the overnight report from Rebecca (thanks, Rebecca!), CEO of Snowhook Kennel, our team in the race. Sleep seems to be an important factor. Maybe we have a future in this! We can sleep with the best of them! Um, uh. First, thanks to Barb B., heres’s a photo of Rebecca and AJ holding star team members Chet and Bernie (yes!).
Race eve is normally a quiet night for us. Yet, this is not a normal race. Having trucked the dogs north to Fairbanks, we found ourselves searching for a safe place for the dogs in a parking lot of a fully booked hotel when we first arrived. It seemed like a race to find parking for the race. Amidst combat parking at its finest, we separated from the pack of other teams and found a fairly isolated location free of fans and photos on the back side of the hotel. Like us, the dogs need to rest before the race.
Now that the dogs have been walked and fed and walked again, we resume our regular race eve activities—rest and going to bed early. Game day will start soon. With the number of fans anticipated to cheer teams on at the starting line traffic is expected to be extremely heavy. We will make our way to the staging area dedicated for the teams at 6:00 a.m. for a race that begins four hours later.
As the 19th musher, Team Snowhook will leave the starting line at 10:38 a.m. Following the race, I will head to Nenana, the first checkpoint of the race. Here teams can have limited support in Nenana so I will bring a bale of straw and food for both the dogs and AJ. Team Snowhook’s support is more than just me. I am fortunate to have Mick and Jodi—dear friends and a main attraction for visiting Plunderers—to help. Our plan is simple: Mick will drive the truck and tow the trailer with our dog box on it, and Jodi will drive me back home in her car while I watch the damn flag update on my cell phone to show the team’s progress.
Tomorrow will be another long day. Sleep is a must on this race eve. Sleep we must, for we ride before dawn.
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