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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Mike Williams - 8 Dogs 11th Place Finish - 9d 11h 50m 2s
Pete Kaiser - 13 Dogs 13th Place Finish - 9d 15h 28m 30s
Mary Lynn RoushMy respect for her grows and grows. Hope her hand has healed, and eager to see what's next. Go Aliy!1 · 1 hour ago
Susan Martineau LavigneFascinating interview, and to hear her thoughts about what she went through. I love her realizing that humans can do so much more than they think they can when things really get tough. She is one tough, logical-thinking woman whom I would love to see come in first next year!37 minutes ago
Joan Parker:) Better Luck Next Year Aliy.33 minutes ago
Deborah BlakeMy plans are to be on 4th Avenue no later than 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and in Willow by 11 a.m. Sunday! And that's after I pray repeatedly for plenty of snow and cold temperatures! PLEASE let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Oh, yeah, and go to the banquet Thursday night! THAT'S THE PLAN!2 · 12 hours ago
Christy Jo Carter WasmerMy plans are to not be a newbie and know what and where to go next year! I missed all the fun this year.12 hours ago
Kathy MorelockGoing to the banquet and will be in Anchorage and Willow, coming from Florida again. Oh it is such a long way off. So sad.12 hours ago
Yolanda Figueroa BackusI'm taking leave next year to plan to trek to Nome for the finish... But not before I see the start in Willow! This year was my first Iditarod and I LOVE IT!11 hours ago
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up2 days ago
Kim Bott-FriendLove the start of series...Can't wait for tomorrow
Check with cable provider...mine gave me channel for few extra bucks.2 days ago
Teresa DanforthFor those that saw mt post about watching it on tv--didn't happen. Could only see the intro. I'm really bummed. Really wanted to see it. I bought a subscription and followed the race very closely. I was rooting for jeff king. Visited his kennel in Denali in august and held several of his puppies.1 · 2 days ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 2 days ago
Bill McLainOne more year before I retire, then I'm planning on volunteering until I can make it to Nome!! Still in withdrawal. Got to attend the start in Anchorage and Re-start this year--I'm hooked!!!5 · 2 days ago
Donna CookI've only been following the sport a couple of years and "I AM HOOKED"! Want to say thank you to the all who make The Iditarod happen. There is so much more to it than meets the eye.6 · 2 days ago
Paula Nations MedlinYep, y'all are right, still going back after 10th trip!! You people wanting to go, please find a way to book that flight...once I did that, I was like...I'm going to AK, Oh my gosh, I'm attending the Iditarod summer camp... I was thrilled. That was all I needed to open up a whole new world to me and my students!!!!1 · 2 days ago
John VibbertsCongratulations to the Fb administrator for having great taste in pictures that are not only beautiful, but also tell a story. I have like them all but the newest one of the lantern is very timely. Thanks.1 day ago
Mikhail KerenskyPaula, several friends and I are already making plans. I'm like everyone else here who can say I'm hooked! Have been since I was a child. And John, I agree with you that the pictures are extraordinary. I've shared several so people down here in Ohio and the Lower 48 can see how amazing the Iditarod is.19 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 2 days ago
John MurdenAwe and congratulations on all those who finished; admiration for those who competed but could not complete their runs. I'm looking forward to the race DVD to see the details I missed along the way. No way I could ever participate except in spirit! Dogs, mushers, their support teams were all inspirations to all of us race watchers around the world!8 · 2 days ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.5 · 2 days ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 2 days ago
Monica SearsSad that it is over, my daughter & I had so much fun keeping up with everyone on the trail......can't wait till next year!!2 · 2 days ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 2 days ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 2 days ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 2 days ago
Stanley WeberThat this was a wild ride for everyone involved and that I was glad to see the last musher to cross the line before anyone else got hurt.2 days ago