It was so exciting this morning to get down to Shipyard Creek to greet our 2018 Yukon Quest Champions.
It’s a warm 30F and snowy in Whitehorse today. Such a huge temperature shift from just a few days ago in Dawson. The cooler weather is better for the dogs so this warm spell coming over will make for slower trails.
Congratulations Allen, Commando, Dutch, Spark, Kodiak, Clyde, Champ, Rodney, Five, Driver, Nomex, Junior, Chena, Felix and Violet on a masterful display. It was really emotional to watch them come down the chute and cross the line in first place. It all came together beautifully.
I don’t know the statistics but there must be very few people who have ever won the Quest with all the dogs they started with. I believe Sonny Lindner did it in the first ever Quest.
On the way downtown, we stopped by the store to pick up the Champion Steaks for the finish line. All the dogs wolfed down their treat, except Spark who took his time and delicately chewed his, enjoying every mouthful. Champ even stole the steak right out of Clyde’s mouth! (Don’t worry, Clyde got another one!)
While Allen answered some media questions we got to give face rubs and kisses to our 14 champs while they enjoyed the applause and attention.
Back at the truck the dogs enjoyed a watery, meaty meal, more snacks and received massage and foot ointment, and lots of love. They went into their boxes happily for a sleep for a few hours. We will get them up shortly to stretch out and pee before they head home later tonight with Bridgett and Jeff.
We got Allen back to the hotel for his eggs and bacon breakfast then a nap. Allen and Moira stay in Whitehorse for the banquet and other meetings and events then Aliy will join us later in the week.
What an amazing 9 days it has been. Thanks for following along with us. Stay tuned…