It’s 10pm on Tuesday, Alaska time.
RED TEAM UPDATE
After staying at their camp spot at mile 175 for just over four hours, Aliy and the Red Team continued along the river to the Tanana checkpoint, a run of around six hours – about 50 miles, where they are currently stopped for a rest.
Tanana is the first checkpoint on the Yukon River and teams can take an eight hour mandatory rest here, Ruby, Galena, Huslia, Koyukuk, Nulato or Kaltag. Getting back onto the Yukon River will be a big deal for Aliy so we are sending all good vibes to her now.
You can see from the map below that the next checkpoint of Ruby is 119 miles from Tanana. It seems unlikely that the team will make that run on one go and is more likely to break it and camp on the trail.
Photos from the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer in manley show that she moved Dutch up in lead with his sister Junior, and Kodiak put back into swing with Izzy. She has a lot of leaders to choose from and will likely mix up the team line-up to keep things interesting for the dogs and to take advantage of different moods and attitudes.
The next checkpoint for the Red Team is Ruby
BLACK TEAM UPDATE
Allen and the Black Team stayed just half an hour in Manley as Allen restocked his sled ready for the trail ahead. He stopped his team around the same place as Aliy and they rested for five hours. They are now back on the trail heading towards Tanana are are currently about 40 miles out. It is forecast to be cold again tonight on the river.
The next checkpoint for the Black Team is Tanana
Another thing to keep an eye on, as if you don’t have enough screens open already, is the daily photos from Jeff Schultz and his team along the trail. We can’t use them on the blog but make sure you check back often for more amazing shots of the teams. There are a couple of great pics today of the Red Team at Manley checkpoint.