After that brief interlude of rest and relaxation, the race is back on! Pete and the Team left Takotna at 4:42 this morning. The Team is currently 14 dogs who also basked in the sun and got recharged for the push to Nome.
After the layover, all teams are now on the same race time as starting differential has been added to the rest time to account for the start time difference. Team Kaiser is currently running in 16th position.
Today’s trail will take the teams north into the Yukon. After the checkpoint of Ophir, teams head out into the wilderness as they push towards Cripple, and Ruby. They have been on trails on the Kuskokwim river and the mining country of McGrath, but this next section of the trail is much less traveled and can seem a real long stretch. Temperatures will also be falling the farther north they go.
The decision by the Busers to push to Ophir for their layover may not have been a good one from the times we are seeing. Martin and his son Rohn made the trip between Takotna and Ophir in 3 hours and 48 minutes while rested teams are trimming almost an hour off the time. Before the race I talked with Pete and he said he was thinking about Ophir as well, but it just goes to show that a musher really can’t plan the entire race beforehand. A lot of the race happens as it comes and that is where experience and a little luck sometimes come into play.
Pete and the Team arrived into Takotna early this morning at 3:21am in 14th position. He said early on he had a few dogs in heat. I am not sure if that became more of a problem or not, but he dropped another dog in Nikolai and is now running with 14 dogs. GPS shows that he did not go through Takotna, so after his 24 hours, he can resume the race at 3:21am early tomorrow morning.
Takotna is well liked by mushers and has become really the hub of 24 hour layovers. The town treats the teams super nice and some of the best food on the trail is at the checkpoint. I hope to be able to talk with him at some point and will get you the interview if I can.
Take a good break Team Kaiser!
Pete in Takotna in the 2010 Iditarod
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Pete Kaiser - 13 Dogs IN Koyuk - 8:18
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Jane Luoma King-ShirerFor many years I've watched the Iditarod. As an Insider the last few years I have been made aware of so much more. I'm at a place in my life where I could volunteer at next years race. How do I even begin? Can someone advise me?1 · 2 days ago
Darlene MillerTo Jane about volunteering - I was fortunate enough to volunteer for a couple of years. It is an awesome experience, whether you are in Anchorage, Nome or on the trail. Go to Iditarod.com and click on volunteer for information. About October of each year, you will need to submit an online application. Someone will contact you after that. Go for it. I missed this year but plan to be back in 2015.1 · 2 days ago
Beamon BrysonThe official leaderboard show Aliy 57 minutes behind Jeff arriving at WM. Now to wait on Dallas' arrival time. Looks like we have a race regardless, but agree that right now it's Jeff's to lose.2 · 2 hours ago
Elmarie SwartOh boy I will have to get up early tomorrow being in South Africa. If I do calculations Jeff , if all goes well should finish around 4-6 AM ? can that be correct ?1 · 2 hours ago
Marilyn Maxwell StroutHe's travelling +1 MPH faster and also has 1 more dog. He'll have a 57 minute head start on her this evening. Night time travel should be faster with cooler snow, so it looks like we'll be waking up to a finish here (east coast time) tomorrow!2 hours ago
Pam SchweitzerCan you give Dallas's GPC a thump too? 44 minutes since it updated.2 hours ago
Marilyn Maxwell StroutCamera is pointed at Front St in Nome and they got the fencing up on the sides!1 · 2 hours ago
Anne MinnsTime to pull a move , Aliy9 · 2 hours ago
Gail Foltz DrakeI really would like to plan my own wedding, thank you. Also enjoyed doing "wedding things" with my daughter.2 hours ago
Jeff King, according to the great tracker tool at the Insider, has gradually increased his lead through the night over Aliy Zirkle and is on the Golovin bay ice heading to our location in White Mountain. The trail on the ice is flat, featureless, and not much mental stimulation, especially in the d...
Jeffrey RobbinsAliy about 10 miles ahead of Dallas but the GPS trackers are lagging.2 · 3 hours ago
Debbi RobinsonJeff got into WM at 7:02, so if Aliy is keeping her current pace she should be arriving WM in the next 10-20-30 minutes. Hard to know what her speed is without the tracker.2 · 3 hours ago