Yup, it is me. Technology is a wonderful thing and Takotna actually
has limited internet access for mushers! Cool!! But this will be my
only post, as there is alot of things (like sleeping) I need to do
before I leave.
The dog dropped in McGrath was Gus. He had been off coming into
Nikolai, but the vets could only find a sore paw. Within 5 miles of
leaving, I knew it was something else and with about 15 miles left
in the trip I had to give him a ride. He was quite the character and
literally lounged in the sun as he rode along. A couple days rest
and he will be back to his wonderful self, I'm sure.
Everyone else is doing very well. Snickers is nursing a sore
shoulder and Hector a sore wrist, but with 24 hours to rest I would
expect that all 15 dogs will leave here with me. A few dogs have
diarrea, which is unusual for my team, but I'm thinking I either
overdosed them on fat in Nikolai or they ate some meat that was off.
Nothing to really worry about though...
Grover and Kara have been doing most of the leading, but just about
everyone has been up front at one time or another. Denali did a
super job with Grover leading through the Buffalo Tunnels and the
My 'stars' so far this trip are Herman, Crunchie, Sprite, and Odie.
The trail has been tough. Lots of snow and horribly warm temps are
about the worst for my team, but we are hanging in best we can.
(Doug Swingley just walked through the room looking for information
on his wife - neat to be 24'ing with the top mushers).
My eyeballs are getting heavy again. I got 6 1/2 hours sleep last
night - upping my total race sleep time to 10 hours. I was up at 4
am, fed dogs, massage a few, had breakfast and am heading back to my
sleeping bag. I'll probably be up in another 4 or 5 hours to work on
a few more chores - like repacking my sled bag. I changed sleds in
McGrath and just tossed everything from one bag into the other.
Anyway - sleepy and starting to lose my train of thought....
I've got some good stories for you all when I get home...