In what would have been an interesting logistical exercise for the handler team, Allen and Aliy left Sourdough two minutes apart. They’re currently travelling fairly closely together.
The Black Team has now completed their mandatory six hours (plus differential). Everyone in the top 10 has ticked that off and now the teams will have differing requirements for rest at the final checkpoint in Mendeltna to meet the 18 hour minimum requirement. Remember, too, that it is only a minimum requirement and some teams may choose to rest longer due to the conditions.
Allen still has 11 team mates with him for the run to Mendeltna.
Allen’s daughter Jennifer and Aliy’s sister Kaz captured these shots that give you a great insight into Allen’s checkpoint routine. After seeing to the dogs (putting straw down, giving meat snacks, removing booties, settling them into rest) he melts snow to make water for the dogs’ big meal and also his own. He has a quick bite to eat himself – this is a freeze dried meal stirred with a stick! He tidies his camp site then beds himself down into a sleeping bag and bivvy sack for a sleep next to his wheel dogs!
Aliy rested her team four hours before leaving the checkpoint at 7:45pm. She still has 11 dogs with her for the 75 mile run ahead. With such a young and inexperienced team don’t be surprised or alarmed IF her tracker stops mid-way. She may decide to stop and camp to break such a long leg into two.
Here’s a couple of pics of the Red Team coming into the Sourdough checkpoint. Chena and Tinder are leading the way and looking great!
Aliy collects her drop bags and has a quick chat to Ryne.
Wes said that Aliy has moved Perky into swing. Yep, you read that right. She said she wanted a cheerleader up there and he was the most enthusiastic. Wes also mentioned Five and Cayenne, how they were slamming into their harnesses ready to go! This race will rock the worlds of some of the youngsters, in a good way. As I mentioned before, the CB300 is great proving ground and they will have learned so much already.
Both Allen and Aliy will be aware that we are with them overnight, watching the tracker and cheering them on. Refresh, refresh, refresh…