Speechless…

Where’s the story?

I’ve made it my mission to try to get posts and photos to web for you, our Kaiser Racing fan, as fast as possible for all these years. Running to the computer to try to let you see and read what happened.

So where is the story of the greatest achievement that Pete has here to date accomplished?

Speechless…

As a photographer and writer, my job is to try to capture that moment and put it to words and images to allow you to share just a bit of what happened. When I look at the photos I am often so disappointed because they never fully see and the words never fully explain those events.

Pete Kaiser – Iditarod Champion. I was there and I saw and felt the emotion of what we shared with Pete as he crossed the line to fulfill his childhood dream.

Try as I might I’ve not been able to fully express those words until today. I was feeling bad about it until last night when I was spending some time with the Granddaddy of Kaiser Racing, Bill Eisenbart. Bill is a quiet, well spoken person who lives a very old fashioned traditional lifestyle– Fishing by dogsled, cutting wood for heat, building things instead of buying. As we walked and talked last night he said to me, “I’m having a hard time putting it in words…”

Me too, Bill. Me too…

Later today I’ll post my attempt at sharing what we saw and what we were a part of as we shared this victory, but more, this realization that dreams do come true.

Last Year Pete said this to me as we talked about the Iditarod Challenge and Life in general, “…if you want to do something that is worthwhile it is likely to be difficult.”

That has been my challenge in describing what this means. It’s more than the pictures and words. It’s a very special moment for Pete, for his family, for his region, for rural Alaska, and for the mushing community. But it is become a difficult story to write.

Stay tuned!

Pete is Through Safety at Midnight – Joar 40 Minutes Behind Chasing

Folks, it’s still a nailbiter as Pete is leading Joar out of Safety and soon will come around the last hills to see the glow of Nome in the dark sky.

After more than 950 miles together, the race between Pete and Joar is coming down to the wire and I believe we will see them both under the burled arches together.

If you haven’t signed up to be an Insider and can’t be here, it’s worth the few dollars just to see this play out online.

Safety is 22 miles from Nome or 2 1/2 to 3 hours of trail time.

Last year Joar made the run in 3 hours. I’m thinking a similar time which would make for a 3 am checkin  time. Giving yourself ample time not to miss it, I would be up by 2:30 at the latest.

This is an exciting time and we could see the culmination of a childhood dream right before our very eyes.

Pete left college, came home and told his parents he wanted to much dogs. Little did they realize that he was beginning a new learning career that, similar to college, has culminated with the degrees of knowledge. If you were to say that he earned his Master’s Degree with the four consecutive Kuskokwim Wins. This Iditarod Win, if it happens, could almost be described as his Phd.

Everyone, of course, is on pins and needles as we cheer on Pete and the Team and click refresh on the Tracker.

An honorable mention goes out to all of the Sponsors, especially Donlin Gold, Lynden, Ryan Air, Drew’s Foundation, and Northern Air Cargo, as well as Pete’s many family and friends, and lastly you the fan, who have been with him throughout his journey! Congratulations as whatever happens tonight could not have been done without your support.

Go Team Kaiser!

Pete and Joar – Competing Again

This isn’t the first time Pete and Joar have been competing on the trail or otherwise!

Here is a clip of Pete and Joar at leg wrestling at the end of the 2019 Kuskowim 300.

We are refreshing the tracker! Pete has about a 40 minute advantage right now.

GO Team Kaiser!

 

Rest Stop Over – Westward to Safety and Nome

After an 8 hour break in the sun in White Mountain, Pete and the Team are back on the trail to Nome!

Pete left at 4:05pm with 8 dogs.

It is 77 miles until Pete will reach the burled arches in Nome and a complete throng of people that have made their way to just be there to witness this great event. We have watched together so many years where Pete has left White Mountain and made his way towards Nome.

Here are the photos from Shirley Kowchee in White Mountain. Thanks!

Go Team Kaiser!

 

Photos from the Trail – White Mountain – Shirley Kowchee

Here are photos from the trail from Kaiser Racing friend Shirley Kowchee who used to live in Bethel with her husband Jeff. Pete was met by a contingent of White Mountain fans who totally love him. They showed up with a sign that says “Cama-i! Go Pete!”

Thanks Shirley!

Go Team Kaiser!