Allen just left Carmacks with 14 team mates after resting six hours. He is pumped to get back on the trail and to “get this thing done”.
This break turned out to be longer than the previous run time which is fairly unheard of at this stage of the race. He has purposely been giving the team lots of rest, all race, so they get to the finish line happy and healthy. It also doesn’t hurt to try to keep their speeds up and keep something in the tank because that Smokin’ Ace and Squid are getting closer.
Allen said they will see a little bit of everything on this leg. Some river, some hills, lots of lakes. 15 miles of the trail is common with the final leg so he will take notice of markings and turn-offs.
Whitney from the Visual Content Team interviewed Allen before he left and, without trying to steal her thunder, I will tell you that he told her his biggest high of the race so far is that the dogs are eating everything. It is a big deal to see them eating all you give them as you know they are feeling good and they are well fuelled for the trail ahead. Compared to last year when the dogs got a bug and weren’t eating well, this year must be such a thrill and relief for him.
Their meal this evening was really watery to help hydrate the dogs in this ‘warmer’ weather. Bridgett was nearby and said she wished she had recorded the sound as they all lapped up the water as it was so loud.
As Allen was getting the team ready he had a few ‘foibles’ to deal with. Rodney and Five are both circlers so kept getting tangled around his legs as he was trying to booty them. He had to leave Dutch’s front booties off until the very last minute as he has a tendency of ripping them off for something fun to do, and as he left he brought the team to the exit chute and let them pee. The boys like to mark things so rather than try to get them moving and have to stop a few yards down the trail, he encouraged them to go before he left.
We’ve cleaned up the team’s camp spot and packed the truck so our work here is done. We’ll grab a few hours sleep here as Carmacks is another very handler friendly checkpoint and we can stretch out on the gymnasium floor plus get good food at the “Golden Harness Cafe”. Thanks to the team of volunteers here at Carmacks, you have all worked very hard to keep everything running throughout the day and night.