Allen and his 12 Black Team team mates arrived into Two Rivers checkpoint at 2:04am this morning in third position behind Matt Hall and Hugh Neff. The earliest they can leave on the final leg is 10.04am. He pulled in with Mismo and Izzy in lead, he said Izzy was pulling the most up the hills before the summits so he put her up there to motivate all the others to pull just as hard.
Allen talked about the trail between Mile 101 and about five miles from the checkpoint. He said it was the worst trail snow conditions he’d ever encountered. It was a really unique sensation of being “raspy”, as he described it. He said coming down Rosebud he had to ski-pole. DOWN. Allen did also say, of the team going over Eagle Summit and Rosebud, that he thought it was the best team he’d ever driven up there. He had no issues and they just put their heads down and pulled.
Once they arrived Allen gave the team a kibble meal and a few turkey skin and beef snacks then bedded them down before heading indoors himself and enjoying two fresh made breakfast burritos then a few hours sleep. Aliy stayed out at the checkpoint and the rest of us will head out there later this morning to see them off on their last run.