As we say goodnight on the 24 hour break, watch Pete describe the trail and some of his challenges thus far. He also talks about sleep deprivation and how he deals with it on the trail. Veteran Kaiser Fans will remember several years ago during the Shaktoolik to Koyuk run where Pete and the Team passed Mitch Seavey while Pete was fast asleep at the helm! The story goes that Pete was following Mitch over the Bay on the monotonous run into Koyuk. Pete could see the lights of Koyuk and Mitch in the distance. The next thing he knew, Mitch was gone. “Hmmm…”, Pete thought. “That’s weird. I wonder where Mitch went.” In the checkpoint Mitch came up to him and told him he tried to say “Hi” but he was fast asleep on the way by.
Sebastiane Schnuelle, a veteran musher and trail reporter heard the story and laughed and laughed. In his strong German accent said, “Yah, It’s bad to get passed on that run, but its REALLY bad to get passed by someone who’s sleeping!!”
One of Mr. Kaiser’s fun Iditarod Memories that I fondly remember each year. (And you folks have to read Ha Ha!)
Go Team Kaiser! See Ya in the Morning!
Team Kaiser’s pit crew is now back in Bethel! After we saw Pete in Nenana we had to wait until the following day (Tuesday) to head out on the “trail” ourselves via Alaska Airlines. Bethany, Ari, Ron, Rick Hanson, and myself, and our mountain of baggage arrived last night to join all of you as we concentrate on the tracker together!
Here is Pete’s pre-Race interview on Monday morning, just before taking to the trail.
Bethel gives a warm welcome to 3 time winner, Pete Kaiser. A fun video!
As we wait for Teams to reach the Finish Line in the Bogus Creek 150, here’s a conversation Pete and I had just before the Start of the K300. KYUK is reporting -40 at Tuluksak as well. Just to give fans an idea of Finish Line, Teams are just into Akiak in the Bogus Creek 150. On the way up with fresh dogs, the fastest Team from Bethel to Akiak was 2 hours 30 minutes, so a finish around 11am should be doable.
Don’t forget the mass Start of the Akiak Dash at 2:00pm this afternoon! Go Team Kaiser!