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April 6, 2018

That last run, from Ophir to halfway to Iditarod, was not easy.  There was a lot of climbing and a lot of climbing through wind drifted, deep snow.  There just weren’t enough trees in place to block the wind from pushing the snow around.  It was an extremely exposed pl...

March 31, 2018

The sun was rising as we came down the hill towards Takotna.  The town sits on the north bank of the river that it’s named after, or maybe the river is named after the town, but it sort of instantly reminded me of another little town named Rampart.  When we popped off...

March 29, 2018

Pulling in to Nikolai was like making it into the gas station with your tank on empty, the gas light came on miles ago and you weren’t sure if you were going to make it or not.  Of course the dogs were great, they came in barking and banging in their harness, plenty of...

March 28, 2018

Out of the Dalzel Gorge in early morning, we followed our friend Jason Stewart for the last few miles into the Rohn checkpoint.  The final approach to Rohn had us winding through tight treed trails, and the checkpoint itself is a small clearing in the woods.  BLM log c...

March 23, 2018

As the sun set on Finger Lake, 110 miles into the Iditarod, the temperature fell and my anxiety grew.  I knew that the most difficult stretches of trail were in the next 150 miles, and most people told me that if I could make it to Nikolai in one piece, that I would ha...

March 21, 2018

Success was written into our equation from the very beginning. Drawing bib #42 at the start banquet in Anchorage, we all know from The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy that 42 is the value of an essential scientific constant which can be used to find the age of the uni...

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