After that brief interlude of rest and relaxation, the race is back on! Pete and the Team left Takotna at 4:42 this morning. The Team is currently 14 dogs who also basked in the sun and got recharged for the push to Nome.
After the layover, all teams are now on the same race time as starting differential has been added to the rest time to account for the start time difference. Team Kaiser is currently running in 16th position.
Today’s trail will take the teams north into the Yukon. After the checkpoint of Ophir, teams head out into the wilderness as they push towards Cripple, and Ruby. They have been on trails on the Kuskokwim river and the mining country of McGrath, but this next section of the trail is much less traveled and can seem a real long stretch. Temperatures will also be falling the farther north they go.
The decision by the Busers to push to Ophir for their layover may not have been a good one from the times we are seeing. Martin and his son Rohn made the trip between Takotna and Ophir in 3 hours and 48 minutes while rested teams are trimming almost an hour off the time. Before the race I talked with Pete and he said he was thinking about Ophir as well, but it just goes to show that a musher really can’t plan the entire race beforehand. A lot of the race happens as it comes and that is where experience and a little luck sometimes come into play.
Pete and the Team arrived into Takotna early this morning at 3:21am in 14th position. He said early on he had a few dogs in heat. I am not sure if that became more of a problem or not, but he dropped another dog in Nikolai and is now running with 14 dogs. GPS shows that he did not go through Takotna, so after his 24 hours, he can resume the race at 3:21am early tomorrow morning.
Takotna is well liked by mushers and has become really the hub of 24 hour layovers. The town treats the teams super nice and some of the best food on the trail is at the checkpoint. I hope to be able to talk with him at some point and will get you the interview if I can.
Sebastian has mentioned a couple of terms common to mushing, ski-poling and a fan hitch. A musher holds a ski pole and rhythmically swings the arms up and down, pushing against the snow with the pole tip to give the team a little assist with forward motion. Sebastian has nicknamed Aliy “Spiderwoman” because she’s using 2 poles to do this, one in each hand. Look at pictures of her doing this in his article, Yukon River–Galena to Nulato. Learn more at this article... http://iditarod.com/ski-poling-and-fan-hitches/...
Sebastian has mentioned a couple of terms common to mushing, ski-poling and a fan hitch. A musher holds a ski pole and rhythmically swings the arms up and down, pushing against the snow with the pole tip to give the team a little assist with forward motion. Sebastian has nicknamed Aliy “Spiderwoma...
Bright sun bathes resting dogs. Side by side, Iditarod champs Dallas Seavey, Jeff king, Mitch Seavey teams rest on their straw beds. Veterinarians make regular rounds from the dogs, back to the checkpoint, and back again as another team arrives.
Aliy came into Nulato in 3rd place. Parking is a little bit different here this year, not out back in the big ball field, teams are parked right next to gym. So all 3 teams are parked right next to each other. Sonny is getting some rest, while Martin is outside with his dogs. Aliy immediately proce...
Joe SheaderWant to say you all at the Insider are doing a great job and have some good writers... and not taking away anything from them but you might look into inviting Dallas Seavey wife Jen? (if that is her name) on to your future report staff also. Her articulate writing and explanations of events on Dallas's facebook page are some of the best I've found ANYWHERE covering the race.4 · 3 hours ago
Iditarod Trail CommitteeGreat idea... however, there are many other family members of mushers who write great articles, too, and to be fair, we try to have writers who are not family members of mushers.1 hour ago