Out of Galena – The Group Moves On

GPS Shows Team Kaiser on the Move.

Looks like they are out of Galena on the trail to Nulato at 5:45 or so.

Dee Dee Jonrowe made her move first about 45 minutes before everyone seemed to start moving. Several mushers are now leaving Galena at this time. Who say’s their not racing?

Nulato is 37 miles down the trail on the Yukon River. I did not notice until this year that the trail passes right by Koyukuk, though it does not stop at the village. This section of the trail is undoubtedly in good shape due to the amount of inter-village snowmachine traffic.

Update- Departure Order

Dee Dee Jonrowe
Ramey Smith
Jake Berkowitz
Pete Kaiser
Ray Redington Jr.
Sonny Lindner

Weather for this morning:

LOWER KOYUKUK AND MIDDLE YUKON VALLEYS-
INCLUDING...GALENA...NULATO...HUSLIA...KALTAG...RUBY...KOYUKUK
329 AM AKST SAT MAR 10 2012

.TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS 6 BELOW TO 7 ABOVE.
LIGHT WINDS.
.TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS 17 BELOW TO 24 BELOW.
LIGHT WINDS.

 

Dueling for 10th and into Galena

Pete and the Team are into Galena early this morning – 3/10 at 01:53:00 with 13 dogs. He had to drop a dog before leaving Ruby. His trail time of 5h 59m is just a few minutes slower than the time of Musher Jake Berkowitz who he has been traveling with since before Ruby. Jake has 15 dogs, but has been right behind Pete and the Team or just right in front. Jeff King had the fastest time of 5:48

There are 5 mushers in the group that Pete and the Team are with at this point in the race within about 30 minutes of each other. Ray Redington, Dee Dee Jonrowe, Sonny Lindner, Pete and the Team and Jake Berkowitz are all basically running similar times at this point, but before long, like the lead group, this group will settle out and we’ll see whose team is going to push to get into the lead group.

The Lead Group headed up by Aliy Zirkle  is  still about 5 hours ahead of the second group and out on the trail from Galena to Nulato. Aliy appears to be the jack rabbit, surprisingly. and at this time, is about 12 miles ahead of everyone.

Anticipate a 4 hour break for Team Kaiser before heading out for Nulato. Pete’s interview from Ruby still has our musher sticking to his system and basically going with the plan that he’ll break his dogs on a regular schedule and what happens is what happens. At this point it seems to be working pretty well and fits into his race plan (or at least from this armchair it does!).

Galena is mile marker 515 and Pete and the Team are now 393 mile from the burled arches in Nome.

Lots can still and will happen so STAY TUNED and GO TEAM KAISER!