The handler crew is in Circle and enjoying the hospitality of the team up there. The drive was non-eventful but the road a little icy. They were pleased to get there in the daylight.
We are, of course, awaiting the Black Team’s arrival into Circle tomorrow morning. We do know that the trail has been windblown making it slower going. It is also very cold, the forecast -40F arrived. But, their speeds are not quite what we might expect so we are anxiously waiting to see them to find out if there have been any issues outside of a slow trail.
We do know there was a bug that went around a few of the front running teams and it is possible that a few dogs may have picked that up which could be why Allen is resting them more than we might usually expect at this point. He rested the team for 6.5 hours already at Slaven’s which is more than his ‘A’ plan would suggest but he did make a few contingency plans so we will be watching what happens from here. As you know, he will always put the dogs’ health before race results so whatever is going on, he will be putting their needs first.
In the meantime we will keep refreshing the tracker (three minutes is just too long to wait for it to automatically refresh!) and sending good vibes down the trail to the team.