Iditarod And Snowhook (More)
“Day one is in the books,” Spence says. “And here’s what Rebecca – “
“Of Snowhook,” Admin says, “our team.”
” – has to say. And hat tip to Melanie for the screen shot above showing AJ and the wonderful team hitting the trail.”
When AJ said he wanted to run dogs, I made him this promise that I would do everything in my power to get him to the starting line, he just has to get the team to the finish line. Seeing the team leave the starting line brings mixed emotions—pride, joy, the tightness of separation from one another that I can’t shrug from my shoulders among them. The departure means I’ve done my part of the job—hopefully well. I still have other logistical tasks, but no longer work against what sometimes seems an impossible deadline. AJ’s part alters, moving from training to racing.
On a day of mixed emotions, we were fortunate enough to be surrounded by good friends and the family we have chosen. Before stepping on the runners, AJ passed out hugs and handshakes of gratitude. Rose and the Professor became insta-handlers as we harnessed the dogs, hooked up the team, and prepared to leave our dog truck and move toward the starting line. Rose and Professor also served as a much needed distraction and offered humor for me once the team took their leave of home and headed for Nome.
It was wonderful to share the starting line with part of the Plunderers. They will be missed. However, Rose has talked of making a career change to handler.
At the time of this post, AJ and the team have left the second of two checkpoints and are currently listed in 22nd place. There is no need to get too excited about ranking right now—a lot can happen in thousand miles. You won’t win the race in the first 300 miles, but you can lose the race in the first 300 miles.
“And this from Rose:”
Layers….the secret to warmth!
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