Cub Reporter Don Towarak- Photos from Unalakleet

Great Photos of Pete headed into Unalakleet! Thanks Don!!

Pete’s Official Unalakleet IN Time

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?

Kaltag Vet Check

Our Iditarider, Gail has once again been straining the web for Kaiser photos and stuff.

Here’s her new find: Jeff Schultz photos, a nice site for photos that you can buy prints. Check it out here!

Here is a sampling of the Vet Check in Kaltag:

Vet Check Kaltag

Vet Check Kaltag

Pete and a Dog Doc in Kaltag

Pete is into Kaltag

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!

Pete’s Galena Interview

Thanks to our Iditarider that pointed me to this interview. Enjoy!

Interview in Galena, Mar. 13, 2010.

Pete is out of Nulato

Pete left Nulato at 9:56am this morning.

Day 8- Onward to the Bering Sea

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-
INCLUDING…GALENA…NULATO…HUSLIA…KALTAG…RUBY…KOYUKUK
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-
INCLUDING…UNALAKLEET…STEBBINS…ST MICHAEL…ELIM…KOYUK…
SHAKTOOLIK
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.

Nulato to Kaltag

Kaltag Trail

Kaltag 3-14-2010 am

Into Nulato

Pete and the team were into Nulato at 1:59am. Expecting he will be back on the trail by 9. (Clocks were “sprung” ahead last night)