On the Iditarod Trail (More)
Many thanks to Rebecca for this nail-biting report from the land of ice (and apparently not enough) snow:
Mother Nature is a leading lady on the Iditarod stage that should be given her due credit. Thanks to little to no snow, pre-race reports of poor trail conditions did not stop at the Steps, the Gorge and the Burn in the first third of the race. Lack of snow on the coast was reported in the weeks leading to the starting line. The overland trails may offer bumps without cushion and be more dust that snow. And, trails on the ice will likely be glare ice which provides little to now traction. Combine the ice skating rink with the high winds that are now howling and it can be easy to lose the trail. To provide the team as much opportunity for traction in the sea ice sections including the upcoming Norton Sound, AJ will likely remove the booties from the dogs’ paws and rely heavily on the studs in the bottom of his borrowed boots.
While I draft this post at shortly after midnight, the team has yet to leave Shaktoolik and begin their run toward Koyuk. It is likely that when the team does leave the checkpoint, they will have company of other teams that appear to be waiting out the weather. There is safety in numbers.
Keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times—it’s going to be a wild ride.
Our hearts are with Melanie.
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