“Everyone except Arizona where you are sprang forward last night,” Admin says on the phone.
Through the speaker. “Correct,” says Spence.
“Just getting up, then?”
“Then you’ll be anxious for the report from Rebecca, CEO of Snowhook, our team in the greatest sled dog race on earth.”
“Here it is – many thanks, Rebecca.”
While AJ and the team have been traveling the mighty Yukon River today, the temperatures have dropped to the twenties. It’s not a large drop in temperatures, but it is a welcome drop. AJ dropped two more dogs today, now running with eleven dogs from the original sixteen. Even with fewer dogs, they’ve made better time running on the Yukon than they did the previous hundred miles; this is likely the result of moving from snowy trail without a good base to ice.
I received word from a friend of the kennel who is on his way to the coast to volunteer at the Elim checkpoint— the same friend that drove the team in a race earlier this year—that he saw Doc and Charlie in the dropped dog lot in Unalakleet waiting to be flown home. Philip reported that he couldn’t tell why either was dropped, but said both were in good spirits. He spent some quality time with both, giving love and attention. I am grateful for Philip’s update as well as the kindness he showrd our dogs.
Last year, we had to replace four key dogs with last minute substitutions, all of which were unproven in long distance racing. Doc was one of the replacements and Charlie was one of the replacees. Charlie showed signs of a sore wrist two days before the race started; in hindsight we might have been okay to run him but we didn’t want to risk anything. Dear Doc was at the most, on the ‘B” team, but desperate times… Three of the four replacements crossed the finish line in Nome last year and Doc was among them. I was so proud of them.
There is still no word, official or otherwise as to who the other two dogs are that dropped or when I might pick up any of the dogs.
“Plus here’s a link to a story Rebecca wrote about those troublesome hills on the southern part of the route.”
Spencer Quinn today at the Tucson Festival of Books:
10AM – signing at the Poisoned Pen – booth # 230-231
1PM – panel: The Dog Did it. Koffler room 218
3PM – signing at Clues Unlimited – booth #286-287
Tags: appearances, Iditarod, Justin Savidis, Rebecca, Snowhook, Tucson Book Festival
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