On the Iditarod Trail (More)
Here is Rebecca of Snowhook’s overnight report on the progress of our team in the greatest dog sled race on earth. Looks like a literal case of rebooting:
Few teams have completed their mandatory twenty-four hour rest, many are in progress and a few hold outs are taking the long break further up the trail. Resting as planned in McGrath, AJ and the team will sleep and eat and eat and sleep during the layover. And, not a moment too soon.
Communication from the trail is limited, yet word from the trail is that the dogs are doing well, yet AJ is ‘banged up, but mobile.’ In the many miles of melee that stretched from Rainy Pass to Nikolai, AJ pin-balled from tree to tree. His starting sled was damaged early on leaving him to navigate the worst of it with a broken runner and brake. How do you stop a team on treacherous terrain sans properly working equipment?—Any way you can. AJ wore holes straight through the soles of his boots which were new this season. Thankfully, another musher in McGrath had an extra pair for AJ to use for the rest of the race.
From McGrath, we can expect AJ to stop briefly in Takotna and then continue onto Ophir. He may stop on the trail between Takotna and Ophir, or he may not. Reports are that the trails are hard and fast. AJ will do his best to pace the team.
Despite the trials on the trail, our hearts are with Melanie.
Thanks, Rebecca. And now, welcome to friends of Chet to Brava (in memory). And here, courtesy of ML is something too cute to ignore:
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