General Discussion, Saturday, March 12, 2022

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26 Responses to General Discussion, Saturday, March 12, 2022

  1. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. Very warm here, 75* and very windy. There are tornado warnings out for our county. I am getting things in the car. Loki is concerned. She will be so happy when she finds out where she is going. πŸ™‚ My air conditioner seems to be working fine. One of the maintenance guys came by last night to get the window unit that the female maintenance guy didn’t bother to take out. I found out a few things about why it took so long to install the new unit. Anyway, he fixed the patch she put over the open hole that was a mess. Took him 5 min. Well, got to finish my packing. Hope you all are safe and warm.

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  3. deaconmike51907 says:

    Good morning all! Starting to see some snowflakes here. Still too was to stick but will have to lug the salt out as the temple drops. Be safe and warm everyone.

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  4. Pa Hermit says:

    Getting 6-12 of that white stuff! Guess this is our annual St Patty day’s snow every year!

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  5. texan59 says:

    Smooth-Brain is gettin’ agitated. Take a look at the two tweeters in this article. They’re each about 10-12 seconds long. The second one is real condescending.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

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  7. The Tundra PA says:

    Greetings all! The photo above is an aerial view of the Yukon River at the village of Ruby, the first of four checkpoints on the river. As you can see, the weather has turned gorgeous–and much cooler, in single digits–for this section of the trail. That is great news for the dogs.

    Brent Sass continues to hold the lead over Dallas Seavey; Brent left the Kaltag checkpoint about 2 hours ahead of Dallas, and fresh from an 8 hour rest. But Dallas has been slowly chipping away at Brent’s lead. The 30 miles that separated them awhile back has been whittled down to 17 miles. Brent is traveling faster at the moment, but they are on the Kaltag Portage, an 85-mile stretch of trail to Unalakleet that is constantly up and down over the Coastal Range of hills to the Bering Sea. This section of trail requires the musher to get off the sled and run beside it on the uphills, pushing it as much as possible to help the dogs. It is really hard work, and comes after six days of racing when mushers are fighting a cumulative level of exhaustion, despite the 24-hour rest in the Interior and an 8-hour rest on the Yukon. Snow can drift badly in these hills, requiring the lead team to break trail, which further depletes their energy. The amazing endurance of these athletes, both dog and human, will be in evidence for this last third of Iditarod.

    As the pundits have predicted since the midpoint at Cripple, it is coming down to an all-out battle between Brent and Dallas. In third position is the team driven by Jessie Holmes (any of you who watched Life Below Zero might remember him). He is now 34 miles behind Dallas and has not yet gotten off the Yukon at Kaltag. He is currently setting a blistering pace at over 11 mph and may be able to reduce Dallas’s lead significantly. That speed at this point in the race tells me that his dogs are healthy and working well together.

    Dog care is very important throughout the race, but becomes a crucial element for the last 300 miles on the Bering Sea. At every rest stop, whether on the trail or in a checkpoint, the musher must cook food for the dogs, put out straw for them to rest on, remove booties and rub ointment into their feet, massage each one to help with sore muscles, cover each one with a blanket unless the weather is warm, and then collect all the gear and repack the sled before leaving. And hopefully in that time get something to eat for him/her self and maybe an hour’s shuteye. Between leaving the Yukon and arriving at White Mountain (the last mandatory 8-hour rest), there will be little sleep for the mushers.

    What all this means is that for the last third of the race, fewer dogs makes the dog care a little faster and easier. Brent is still running 12 dogs while Dallas has 10 on the gangline. Not much difference in power, but a small and possibly significant difference in time spent taking care of them. Small differences are magnified at the end. In 1978, Dick Mackey beat Rick Swenson by the closest time in Iditarod history: 1 second. Everything counts.

    Further back in the pack, my friend Pete Kaiser is in 10th position and his teams looks strong in the few video clips of him I have seen. He is at the third Yukon checkpoint now, Nulato, which is 47 miles from Kaltag.

    There is one woman in the top 10 right now, Mille Porsild from Denmark. This is her third Iditarod; she was Rookie of the Year (first rookie to finish) in 2020. She is in seventh position now.

    Josh McNeal, who used to live nearby, is in 25th position. Bridgette Watkins, Allen Moore and Aliy Zirkle’s daughter, is in 37th position in her rookie run. And the current Red Lantern is Lisbet Norris, who is running the Siberian team. So far, four teams have scratched.

    The race is into Day 7 now. Since 1995 it has been won in 9 days + some hours. I suspect this is not going to be one of the faster years. The current record for fastest trip to Nome (as opposed to last year when the race did not go to Nome) is held by Dallas’s father Mitch Seavey at 8 days 3 hours 40 minutes 13 seconds in 2017. Back in the early years in the 1970s, the race took 20+ days. Then it was more of a campout than a race. That has certainly changed.


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