Day 7 – Baby, It’s COLD Outside!!

It’s a cold one on the Yukon this Morning! Temperatures from Ruby to Unalakleet and then on up to Nome are in the -30 degree range. It’s dead calm in Ruby and Galena, but then around the horn on into Nulato and Kaltag, the wind is just barely blowing at 5 mph, but the windchill is a nippy -47 degrees. Fortunately the wind will be at their backs as Pete and his team head south towards Nulato and Kaltag. The temps should rise during the day with the amount of sun that is predicted.

I goofed up my Military time last nite for those who tuned in late. Pete was into Ruby at 10:05pm and could have left at 6:05am after his last mandatory rest before White Mountain, where everyone has to take an 8 hour.

We have some folks lined up to meet Pete in Galena and hopefully get us some shots and a word or two. I’m pretty excited over that!!

GPS Tracker still shows Pete in Ruby.

Fellow Mushers, Mike Williams, Jr. and Quinn Iten are  also doing a tremendous job. Mike Jr. is also in Ruby and was a few hours in front of Pete into Ruby and Quinn pulled in a couple hours after.  The “Bush Boys” Kaiser, Williams, and Iten are all still in Ruby, but should be leaving shortly.

The next section of the trail should fit Pete’s gameplan nicely. Each checkpoint is about 6 hours from the last. So we may see him run to a checkpoint and rest and run to the next and rest. The other mushers are also using this strategy in this section of the race. With such a strategy, we should see Pete into Galena and then into Nulato this evening.

The trail from Ruby to Galena is a main snowmachine trail between the two villages, so it will be just like running the K300 for Pete and his team.

Ruby to Galena Trail

Galena This Morning

5 miles to the Yukon

5 miles to go and take a break! Pete is on a equal Run/Rest strategy so I anticipate he will take his 8 hours in Ruby like everyone else has and head towards Galena in the morning.

Pete has been on mining roads for the last 40 or so miles. This is really the last road he’ll see until he gets quite a bit closer to Nome.

Ruby is 497 trail miles from Nome and the finish.

How ’bout a bit of Ruby trivia: (Wikipedia)

History

Riverboats on the Yukon River at Ruby, Alaska during the town’s heyday

The town of Ruby was established in 1911 as the result of a gold rush. Gold was first discovered at the current townsite in 1906 on Ruby Creek. That discovery brought more prospectors to the area. In 1910 word leaked out about a gold strike on Long Creek, 30 miles south of Ruby, and a stampede was on. Discoveries on other nearby creeks followed and Ruby became the supply point for the mines.

At its peak the population was near 3000. By 1918 The town was in decline. Many of the men had left to fight in WWI and several of the towns business people and their families were lost in the sinking of the ship Sophia.

A fire in 1929 destroyed much of the business district and a flood in 1931 took out what was left of buildings on the river front.

After WWII the population of the community had left. Natives from the village of Kokrines moved in to take advantage of the abandoned homes. There are currently less than 200 people living in Ruby.

Noted people

The largest gold nugget ever found in Alaska(294.10 Troy Ounces)was found near Ruby, Alaska in 1998.

20 miles from Ruby

Pete is on the move again towards Ruby.

Weather Conditions at Ruby:

-4 °F
Clear
Windchill:     -4 °F
Humidity:     57%
Dew Point:     -15 °F
Wind:     3 mph from the NE
Wind Gust:     5.0 mph
Pressure:      in (Rising)
Visibility:     10.0 miles

Ruby Alaska

On the Trail to Ruby

I talked with Pete’s Mom, Janet, this morning and asked about the In and Out of Cripple and she said that Pete has a definite plan for the race. He may have gone through Cripple and THEN rested along the trail. GPS Tracker shows him stopped 10 miles or so up the trail from Cripple. Most musher have been taking long breaks in Cripple, so if he breaks on the trail instead of Cripple, we should expect him into Ruby fairly late this evening. Stay Tuned!

Weather Updated: 1:19 PM AKST on March 12, 2010
Clear
-6 °F
Clear
Windchill: -6 °F
Humidity: 55%
Dew Point: -18 °F
Wind: Calm

Wind Gust: 4.0 mph
Pressure: in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds:
Clear
(Above Ground Level)

In and Out of Cripple

Pete is in and out of Cripple.

IN- 6:40am OUT- 7:00am DOGS- 13

This stretch follows mining roads most of the way into Ruby.

Once Pete reaches Ruby, he’ll also reach the first checkpoint on the Yukon. If you were to split the race into quarters, the first part is from Willow to McGrath- Mountains and such, Then McGrath to Ruby- Tundra Trails, then Ruby to Kaltag- Yukon River, Kaltag/Unalakleet to Nome- The coast. Each section is a bit different. Pete and his dogs will be used to the river trail and the wind that is sure to accompany it.