“Superman wears Aliy Zirkle pyjamas.” Someone wrote that on Facebook a few days ago and I think it is fitting.
I believe, if she could, Aliy would wear Scout, Chemo, Chipper, Clyde, Commando, Dutch, Felix, Izzy, Kodiak, Mac, Mismo, Sandy, Schmoe, Scruggs, Waylon and Willie pyjamas!
I can’t begin to tell you how proud we are right now.
Now that the team is nearing Safety we will soon head down to the dog yard to set up the kennels with straw and blankets, thaw out some salmon and prepare dinner for the dogs. Then we wait, we circle, we pace and we wait some more at finish line to greet our heroes under the burled arch. We expect the reception will be HUGE and somewhat overwhelming for her after days and days of being out there with just her team to focus on.
We will take some time to get her and the team situated and I will get something to you as soon as possible. In the meantime I will leave you in the very capable hands of Macgellan to see them over the line. There is sure to be a Iditarod Live feed and some pictures on the Iditarod website so keep an eye on that also.
The normal series of events once they cross the line is we take the team down to the dog lot, just a couple hundred yards away, where they get a thorough veterinary examination then we give them a tasty meal, a rub down and warm coats and blankets to sleep in straw stuffed kennels. We take a change of clothes and some food for Aliy and get her home as quickly as possible to sleep.
Thanks for coming on this ride with us! More soon…