It’s getting pretty exciting down here at Team Kaiser Central. Pete and his Team have 7 short minutes to make up on the 50 mile section from Tuluksak.
In terms of a Finish Time, it is looking like an early morning, but maybe not as early as expected previously. My Guess #2 is now between 5:30am and 7am. Rohn can leave first at 12:31am followed closely by Pete and the Team at 12:38. Jackie Larson’s Team made the trek in just under 6 hours. I am not sure the speed difference between a Bogus Team and a K300 Team, but I would venture to guess that the K300 Teams may be a bit faster. Last year, Rohn made the trip in 5 hours, which would put the Teams near the mark of 5:30 and 7:00am.
Here is the make up of the top 10 Teams into Tuluksak:
Official Times are now posted- Notice 17 Minute gain in 50 miles. Looking to see Jeff Kings Times…
Tuluksak (inbound) checkin time
Tuluksak (inbound) enroute time
It’s all in the minutes now. Pete and the Team left Kalskag 24 minutes behind Rohn Buser and now is just 1/2 mile or so back as they enter the Tuluksak checkpoint and a 4 hour layover. Each musher must plan their minutes very carefully here so as not to cause any problems. The luxury they have, though, is that they are “Off the Clock” so to speak and can snack their dogs, bed them down a bit and maybe take a short break themselves.
Pete has gained 24 minutes in the course of 50 miles, but his competition might not be in front of him as Jeff King is bearing down from the rear. He also has made up quite a bit of time and once the official times are in, we will know how much work Pete has in store for him on the last 50 miles into Bethel.
Bogus 150 Musher Louis Pavilla arrived soaking wet from kicking so hard in his attempt to catch Winner Jackie Larson. A bit of rest might be in order for our favorite musher to prepare for this next challenge to the finish.
Stay Tuned! GO TEAM Kaiser!
Mushing Weather for tonight has similar conditions as they have been encoutering since Kalskag with a possibility of a bit more snow. The trail is well marked, so a bit of snow shouldn’t cause any difficulty.
TONIGHT...SNOW LIKELY IN THE EVENING EAST OF BETHEL...THEN A
CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. ELSEWHERE...ISOLATED SNOW SHOWERS.
LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOWS 5 BELOW TO 5 ABOVE INLAND
SOUTHWEST WIND TO 15 MPH.
Playing with Statistics as Teams head down the river towards Tuluksak and a 4 hour break:
Just using outbound times for Rohn Buser, the elapsed time (not taking into account any checkpoint times) for his Team was 8hrs 11 minutes. Add 4 hours to that and add that to departure time from Kalskag on the way down at 1/1715 at 15:52. That puts a Finish as early as 4:00am or so.
Factors to consider:
Whether speed can maintain on latter part of the race.
Conditions are different now that there is snow on the trail
Temperatures are cooler without rain or water on the trail.
Checkpoint times to drop dogs
It’s going to be an early one. In the old days before the tracker, we wouldn’t know until a snowmachiner ran into headquarters with the news- “They’re Coming!” The tracker is really a blessing!
One of the jolliest guys I know, and gracious to the end. I’m sure he was hoping for a better finish, but in the end, he pulled off a pretty good feat– He made it around with healthy dogs, He didn’t get hurt, and he got in some great training for the B-Team. The Team looked great as they crossed the line, they’ll just need a bit more training to get on the Varsity squad.
Here are Ron’s photos- Congratulations on a job well done!
What a race! It’s not for the money. It’s for the crown and year after year they come to claim it. This year Jackie had the best team, but next year you can be sure that we will see similar faces to battle it out for the glory!
Here’s the final placing for the 2013 Bogus Creek 150:
Pete is back on the trail out of Kalskag bound for the 4 hour mandatory layover in Tuluksak 50 miles away. Listen to this radio report from KYUK where Pete describes leaving 3 in Kalskag. “Shedding the Wimps” meaning the weaker dogs will have to watch from the sidelines as the strong dogs take charge on this last stretch of the race. This might not seem like many dogs, but it is a standard practice and last year during the Iditarod, many teams were down in numbers with much more mileage to race. GO TEAM KAISER! Oh, and Race Fans? It’s going to be an early one, so nap now and meet us at the Finish line in the wee hours of the morning!
Ron Kaiser got much of his dog experience with or from Bill Eisenbart, who is much beloved by Team Kaiser. Bill isn’t a Spring Chicken, but he is racing with a large pack of young men and doing really well. 6th into Akiak at this posting. Here are photos from Bill’s Start:
Young Mr. Kaiser is pulling out the stops! In a race where minutes mean everything, Pete is chipping away at the leader mile by mile. He left Kalskag in 6th position and arrived back after the Aniak loop in 2nd position. This is the highest position Pete and the Team have been during this race.
A few important bullets:
Rohn Buser, the leader, has a 25 minute lead on Team Kaiser.
Team Kaser made the Aniak loop (75-80 miles) in 6:23, the fastest time.
Rohn Buser made the Aniak loop in 6:44, 21 minutes slower.