Team Kaiser is on the trail to Nome (Well, kinda…) Pete left the ceremonial start about Noon. The webmaster is having a meltdown over the poor televised coverage, but he’ll manage. Good Luck Pete! And let the festivities begin! Will be posting a video shortly.
We all expected Martin Buser to not stop in Galena after coming fresh of his 8 hour layover. But instead he declared that he is pulling over for a bit. He has no appear ant problems, and is in his normal cheerful mood. After the big flood here in Galena the dog yard is a bit rearranged by mother nat...
In case you're wondering about the delay between seeing a musher's GPS tracker leave a checkpoint and the update on the Race Standings, here's what Sebastian wrote about Ruby's setup. Remember, everyone is walking in heavy, cold weather gear, too.
FROM SEBASTIAN, Cold Night on the Yukon--
As much as I would have liked to stay in Ruby, the internet there is about half a mile away from the checkpoint and it’s difficult to see the racers yet do updates. ...
Jon FoegeThanks... and I just realized from your update why it looked like Petit was camping in Cripple forever...GPS probs...suddenly he's out of Ruby AND his 8 hour layover "check".1 · 53 minutes ago
Shelagh GellerWe understand it all and are just grateful to you for being there!1 · 47 minutes ago
Jon FoegeBut Current race standings still show only 4 mushers out of Ruby and the GPS shows 8 out on the trail ?1 hour ago
Iditarod Trail CommitteeIn Ruby, after a musher arrives or leaves, the checker must walk about a half mile to get to the location where race data is sent by Internet to Race Stats where the information is then uploaded to the standings page. So this process takes some time. Also, unless a musher is taking a mandatory layover, they are not required to sign out. Race standings are the 'official' racestats and GPS is your real time view.48 minutes ago
Anybody with a computer and the great tools at the Insider can see that it was shooting stars last night on the Yukon. From the wilderness, Aliy Zirkle exploded out of hiding and hit the Yukon bound for Galena. No doubt, she is going to take her mandatory eight hour break in Galena and look back a...
And here she is, Aliy Zirkle first into Galena with 14 dogs at 6.12. am. For her effort she earned a new award:” The Bristol Bay Native Corporations’s Fish First Award ” woorth $ 1000 and 25 pounds of Salmon. Way to go Aliy!!!!