North Wapiti Iditarod 2000 Journal
January 22, 2000
Back from the wilds of Alaska!!!! I finished the Klondike at 3:55AM on Tuesday morning
in 17th position. We accomplished pretty much what I had hoped and had a great time doing
it!!! I wasn't interested in finishing high in the standings, but rather, getting some
race experience on the young dogs and proving out some others. I did have to 'drop' Doc at
the last checkpoint - I think he stepped in a moose hole (deep holes punched in the packed
trail as 1500+lbs of moose walk down them) and strained a muscle. Everyone else was
terrific. Grover was absolutely the star - leading every single step of the way. Amazing
for his first race.(I should mention that all Grover's testing last Friday came out fine
and the vets had cleared him to run the Race) All the dogs seemed to have a really good
Almost all of our running was done at night. With the bright moon and snow - it made
for some really magical memories. The companionship of my dogs at those moments is a treat
So now it is back to training and Iditarod preparations. The weather is less then
Alaskan right now - it is right around 0C, as I type, and raining! I ran dogs yesterday,
but may take the day off today if wet, soft trails don't improve. It is not like I can't
find things around here to keep me busy - in fact, my 'To Do' list is beginning to
overwhelm me. We have asked Bob to hang around an extra few weeks to help us get the food
drops done - that will be a big help. Maureen's house is going to start bursting at the
seams with all the people staying here! Right now Bob and Josh are standing at the window,
laughing hysterically at the antics of the dogs and the Ravens out in the yard!
Well, I'm off to check out the weather and get on with my day!
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