Iditarod (Cont’d) And Updated! (See Below)
Dropping one dog earlier in the race, AJ has 15 dogs on the team right now. I won’t know which dog was dropped or why until I receive a call from the Drop Dog Coordinator. Several dozen dropped dogs may be flown in the Anchorage at once and then sent to the Women’s Correctional facility. Inmates care for the dogs until they can be picked up by handlers; they give such great care to the dropped dogs.
At the time of this post, AJ and the team are resting in McGrath. This is a delay in his anticipated schedule, but not unexpected. I received word from the trail on Tuesday that his sled broke earlier in the race. If I understand correctly, it isn’t as serious as when his sled was damaged last year, but it may impact how he drives the sled until he can repair it. Compared to last year, it should be an easier fix.
During the search for Snowhook’s infamous wanderer, Whitey-Lance, AJ was based out of McGrath. Not only were race officials and volunteers supportive of AJ in his search, the residents of McGrath rallied around him. McGrath is a special checkpoint in Snowhook’s history. Two of Whitey-Lance’s sons are named for the two trappers—residents of McGrath—that helped AJ in those heartsick days of Whitey-Lance’s absence. Abe and Marco, the dogs not the trappers are on the trail with AJ.
“And here’s Twig below,” Admin says. “Many thanks to Rebecca. Photo of Marco to come when we get some sort of tech issue resolved.”
And here’s Marco!
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