I was right. Pete and fellow Musher Thomas Lesatz were traveling together. Pete arrived in Unalakleet 10 minutes before Lesatz at 13:47 with 11 Dogs. I would guess that he will rest here and then continue to Shaktoolik.
Paul Ivanoff is going to try to get some photos for us from the Unalakleet checkpoint.
In other news, Lance Mackey is In and Out of Elim! Going for a record?
Word has been a bit slow from the trail and the tracker was down, so we were in a bit of a black hole there for a bit!!
Pete was into Kaltag at 2:05pm with 12 dogs.
Pete made excellent time into Kaltag from Nulato. He posted a 4 hours and 9 minute run for the trip. We’ll see whether he heads out, or takes a break and makes the next run to Unalakleet in the afternoon/evening. He’ll say good-bye to the mighty Yukon River and head for Old Woman’s Cabin and the Bering Sea from here. From Moose hunters on one side, to Seal hunters on the other. Go Man GO!
As the competition heats up between Jeff King and Lance Mackey as well as the other front runners in Unalakleet, the weather is about to do the same.
Predictions for Tuesday are a dramatic warming trend. From the looks for the surface chart, it could happen a bit sooner than that if the High Pressure that has been producing this perfect mushing weather dissipates.
Pete and the team have a 42 mile run into Kaltag, and then one of the longest runs of the race, 90 miles into Unalakleet. He will leave the mighty Yukon and head for the hills as he heads for Unalakleet. By late tonight or early tomorrow morning, the team will be able feeling the winds of the Bering Sea.
At Nulato, he is 351 miles from the finish line and 646 miles from the restart in Willow. So he is 2/3 done with the race, with one of the more difficult stretches below if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
A quick play with statistics shows this:
He left Takotna on 3/11 at Noon. He got into Nulato, 317 miles down the trail at 01:59am and 62 hours later. This gives him an average speed including layovers of a bit over 5mph. (The Ruby mandatory 8 layover would pretty much have matched his run/rest schedule) Now that doesn’t include the Nulato rest period which will make his average a bit slower.
My prediction for his finish is Wednesday late or Thursday early. (Hopefully without storm)
The day ahead:
LOWER KOYUKUK AND MIDDLE YUKON VALLEYS-
316 AM AKDT SUN MAR 14 2010
.TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS 5 BELOW TO 5 ABOVE.
NORTHWEST WINDS TO 10 MPH.
EASTERN NORTON SOUND AND NULATO HILLS-
316 AM AKDT SUN MAR 14 2010
.TODAY…SUNNY. HIGHS 5 BELOW TO 10 BELOW. NORTH WINDS TO 10 MPH.
.TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS 15 BELOW TO 25 BELOW.
NORTH WINDS TO 10 MPH.
Pete was out of Galena at 7:45pm. He is sticking to is run/rest schedule. He rested for 6 hours and is off to Nulato with 12 dogs. Teams have been averaging 6 hours from Galena to Nulato, so I would expect the team in to Nulato by 1:30- 2:00am.
He is currently showing 1/2 way from Galena to Nulato. Current weather conditions are pretty cold at -19 with a 5 mph headwind for Pete and his team. Wind chills are going to be pretty cold tonight. I anticipate a 5-6 hour rest in Nulato for Pete and his team.
Pete and his team checked into Galena at 1:34pm this afternoon with 12 dogs.
He is currently running in 33rd place according to the Current Standings and was also the 33rd musher into Galena. He has completed all layovers, but on his rest/run schedule, I anticipate a rest in Galena before heading to Nulato.
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up19 hours 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.18 hours 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 · 18 hours ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 18 hours 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 · 1 day 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 · 1 day 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 · 19 hours 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.4 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 1 day 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 · 1 day ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.5 · 1 day ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 1 day 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 · 1 day ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 1 day ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 1 day ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 1 day 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.1 day ago
Melissa Rigas-DesbonnesWhat an incredible image!!! It is absolutely gorgeous & is ABSOLUTELY the spirit of the Iditarod & the spirit of the native peoples in the great state of Alaska...1 · 2 months ago
Peggy CraveyLove reading the history off this event, some like car racing, some bloat racing, but to me this is a genuine sport, skill demonstrated with animals and the accomplishments when worked in a team..love reading about this race as as am a lover of of dogs that serve a purpose and the skill that is developed with each dog on the team knowing its independent function.1 · 2 months ago
Sue PersonettBeautiful but you need to make those Raven's tails a little bit more wedge shaped. They look like Crows.2 months ago
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