North Wapiti Iditarod 2000 Journal
March 6, 2000
Let me start this diary with some official business, here is Karen's team that she left
the starting line with on Sunday morning
Camilla & Grover
Spud & Icey
Jake & Orion
Chester & Howl
Butch & Buddy
Sissy & Gus
Smiley & Striker
Doc & Oreo
Draco, Smiley, Hawk & Breezy were left behind for various reasons. It was a very
hard decision making the cut down to the final 16, but we are happy that we had so many
strong dogs to choose from. I don't know who won our contest, I'll let Karen take care of
that when she gets back from Nome.
All I can say about the start in Anchorage is "WOW". We got up at 4:30
Saturday morning, fed dogs then left for Anchorage. The 1 1/2 hour trip in was like a
dogtruck parade, once we were in town we were directed around by the army of volunteers to
our parking spot. We were barely out of the truck before more volunteers approached us to
scan the microchips in the dogs to make sure that every dog there was an approved dog.
Once that was done we set out to have breakfast before the excitement started. To late.
By the time we got back to our truck, Fourth Ave. was packed. We let out a few of the
dogs for some schmoosing, and for the next few hours I'm sure that several thousand
pictures were taken of them doing everything from kissing little girls to peeing on the
mudflaps. Then teams started coming through. Because we were team 61, we were close to the
starting line and got to watch all the teams before us leave. These teams included Matin
Buser, Dee Dee Jonrowe, Jeff King, & Rick Swenson. Once we left it was all a blur,
running through town was hot and there were people lining the trail almost the whole way
to Eagle River. People shouted words of encouragement & clapped. One guy even played
"O Canada" on a trumpet, I had to take off my hat. The dogs finished strong in
Eagle River, we took it slow and took lots of breaks.
Sunday was more like a normal race setting, except 10 times bigger. This time no
spectators were allowed near the trucks, but there was a few thousand there. It was cooler
& the trail was packed harder. Again there were spectators all the way to Knik. Once
we were in Knik I unhooked the second sled and Karen was on her way. The first chance I
had to check the race results was this morning and Karen was already in Skwentna. It looks
like she's been traveling with Jamie Nelson, her friend, coach & mentor. I don't know
how long this will last, but any time they stay together is bound to be good.
Well that's all I can think of for now, so many things have happened in the last few
days that I'm sure that it will take a while to filter through the old grey matter. Keep
track on the Iditarod home page, look at more than the race result, press releases and
newspaper articles are also interesting.
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