They’re off and they look great!
After six hours rest in Circle, Allen and all 12 team mates are on the trail to Central. Allen is excited to get back on the trail – the dogs are feeling much, much better and, as you can see from the short video, have their pep back! See Amber leaping to go?
The crew up there said Allen is much happier about how the dogs look now and they may have put the upset bellies behind them (haha – quite literally). They were never severely ill but just enough to sap energy and enthusiasm. They all rested and ate well and are really well hydrated.
Allen took the back-end of his sled off and has started shedding unnecessary gear from his sled. Now that the checkpoints are closer together he will be able to restock more regularly. He will take food and snacks enough for the dogs and himself to cover a few contingencies and equipment for dogs and humans in case of emergency; plus all the mandatory gear (which actually is mandatory to cover such emergencies). He’ll be carrying all the cold weather “clothing” for the dogs to wear running on Birch Creek. He will want the sled to be as light as possible for the summits ahead.
A wee note for those watching the tracker on the creek – don’t be alarmed at slow speeds. Because of all the twists and turns on the creek it looks like the speed is really low but the tracker updates maybe every 5 minutes, or so, and the distance between “pings” doesn’t take into account the twists.