13 Miles to GO!

Pete is 13 miles from Nome. Amazing performance!

I am not sure I can form the phrase that puts this race in perspective. But to end the race on a day such as this, as beautiful conditions that you could possibly imagine is something that is usually only read about, not experienced.

He’ll end his perfet race at the sunset of a perfect day– Wow!

Maintaining the Lead

Pete is maintaining his lead and may have even picked up a mile over Jessie Royer. Dee Dee Jonrowe is moving nicely today and the 8 hour rest may have given her dogs enough to go after Royer.

Team Kaiser is 28 miles from Safety and 40 miles from Nome. Go Team GO!

Royer could be a problem…

Jessie Royer is out of White Mountain.

Taking a look at Pete’s times last night, his Koyuk to White Mountain time, though fast, was not as fast as last year. We need to keep on eye on her, a 6 mile lead is only about 45 minutes.

Pete and the Team need a trouble free run to stay in 8th place.

It’s not over yet folks! I’ll keep you posted.

Day 9- The final Stretch to Nome- Out of White Mountain

Pete has departed White Mountain!

The Iditarod may have a new Champion, but our race is far from over. 77 miles lies between White Mountain and the Burled Arches.

Pete and the Team have a beautiful day in front of them, but make no mistake, it’s all about mushing today! A good ten hour run will put Pete into Nome later this evening.

John Baker made the run from White Mountain to Nome in 9 hours and 42 minutes. Pete will probably make a conservative run as he has no one to chase. I figure though, that he does have a faster team and they should do it in about 9 to 9 1/2 hours. That should put him into the Finish at between 10:15 and 11:00pm tonight.

Fastest Time on the Trail- Again

On the Kaltag Portage out of Unalakleet - Photo by Lee Ryan

Team Kaiser IS the fastest team on the trail. He bested the leaders by 7 minutes to White Mountain.
Just got off the phone with Ron Kaiser– The Proud Parents are Beaming! They are feeling pretty good at this point with the performance. Almost speechless as to the show Pete and the Team have put on in this race.

Ron is predicting a 10 pm finish or so- But don’t get comfy! As fast as that team is– It could be earlier.

We were just conversing about the ride Pete will have today. The Sunny warm day from White Mountain to Nome will be a once in a lifetime experience– He will approach Nome in the evening as the sun sets on this day and this race.

Beautiful….

Weather for Today-
SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST-
INCLUDING...NOME...WHITE MOUNTAIN...GOLOVIN
.TODAY...SUNNY. HIGHS 15 TO 20. NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 15 MPH.
.TONIGHT...CLEAR. LOWS ZERO TO 5 ABOVE.
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH.

 

Solidly in Eighth!

Bush Alaska is going Crazy!

John Baker has a 10 mile lead an barring any calamity, he will win the 2011 Iditarod.

Pete and the Team were into White Mountain at 4:52 this morning– AN HOUR ahead of Dee Dee Jonrowe.

WAHOO! 28th place last year- Eighth this year? Too early to tell, but it sure looks good on this end!

The Evening Ahead- Elim to White Mountain

A bit windy on the coastal run, but at least the wind is kinda from their backs (tails). It will be another long one, but the last long one. Rest awaits in White Mountain. The Team and Pete are ready for it, but first the task at hand: 32 miles to the checkpoint.

Weather for tonight:

SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST-
INCLUDING...NOME...WHITE MOUNTAIN...GOLOVIN
.TONIGHT...CLEAR. LOWS 5 BELOW TO 5 ABOVE. NORTHEAST WINDS TO 15
MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 25 MPH IN THE EVENING.
.TUESDAY...SUNNY. HIGHS 15 TO 20. NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH.

From Iditarod.com–

Elim to Golovin- This is one of the more interesting legs on the race, with quite a variety of trail and terrain in a very short distance. Moreover, there is always a possibility of two extremely different routes for the first ten miles. The race follows the main snowmachine “highway” from Elim to Golovin and it is usually well marked and packed.

The trail usually heads back out on the sea ice from Elim and runs a mile or two offshore to a cabin at Walla Walla, on the coast eight miles south of Elim. In some years, when there is open water just off shore, the traill will stay overland on the Old Elim Mail Trail.

At Walla Walla, the trail rurns inland and climbs over the Kwiktalik Mountains with a series of long, moderately hard grades. The final summit is 1,000 feet at Little McKinley, about eight miles past Walla Walla and ten miles from Golovin. This is considered the hardest climb on the last half of the race.

The trail then makes a fast descent to Golovin Bay, running northwest along the bay ice for the last five miles to Golovnin. (The bay was first explored by Captain Gloving of the Imperial Russian Navy in the early 1800′s. The bay and lagoon behind the town retain the original spelling; the town’s name ha been changed over the years.)

Plan on three to four hours for this leg. If the weather is bad, the trip over the mountain can be a long, hard one because it is almost all above timberline and exposed to the wind. The trail over Little McKinley can range from icy and windswept to soft and punchy.

Golovin to White Mountain-

Golovin (GULL-uh-vin) was a checkpoint at one time but because the distance between Elim and White Mountain is only 46 miles, the trail committee decided it wasn’t necessary to have a three checkpoints such a short distance apart.

This is normally a yawner (unless the wind is blowing or it’s snowing). The trail follows the main snowmachine route, running straight as an arrow for ten miles across Golovnin Lagoon, then winding gently around (with some gentle ups and downs) to cross the delta of the Fish River. The last few miles are on the river. There is sometimes overflow on the lagoon or river. Plan on two hours for the trip, perhaps three if the wind is blowing.