“This whole Iditarod is a geography lesson for us,” Spence says.
“I’m not taking any test, if that’s what you’ve got in mind,” says Admin.
“Here’s Rebecca on where Snowhook is now. I think it’s a triumph they’re still in the race, given all the teams that have been forced to drop out.”
By the time you post on Tuesday, the team will have reached Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the coast. The coast, the last third of the race is known for it’s weather. Count on wind. A lot wind. From this point forward, the team will travel overland and across sea ice.
Last year, parked on the ice, AJ bedded the dogs down at the Unalakleet checkpoint before heading into the building made available for mushers to rest. He needed to sleep even if for a short while. Not long after exhaustion embraced him as he slept on a cot, he was awaken by a race volunteer, “One of your dogs is loose!” Oh, no, not Whitey-Lance he thought. It wasn’t Whitey, it was Natty. A very happy girl from the first litter of the Snowhook team is petrified of one thing—ice. Blown over as it was with snow, she hadn’t realized she was resting on her foe until it cracked beneath her as she lay on straw resting with her teammates. She pulled free and headed for the buliding looking for safety—AJ. He took her back to the team, calmed her until she fell asleep. Rising slowly so as not to disturb her or the others, he headed back to the building in an exhausted fog. Before he reached the door, she reached him. Snagging his hand, she reminded him, “I’m still here. I’m still scared.”
Here, thanks to Melanie, a Google earth shot of where AJ and the team were yesterday. (Looks lonesome down there.)
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