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Iditarod 2001 - Tales from the Trail

March 7, 2001

Itís me again:

I no sooner plugged the phone back in when Karen called from Nikolai.  She made it across the Farwell Burn (click to see trail) and she said that there was no snow at all, which is bad enough when youíre on a good sled, but Karen wasnít that lucky.  Yes she said that thanks to a combination of Sissy in lead, the Happy River steps, and a USA Today camera crew she managed to wreck another sled.  Once Sissy saw the camera crew she stopped and Karen lost all momentum and rolled her sled a few times, Iím sure that weíll see this on a video in our near future.   Anyway she says that she can nurse it to McGrath where she has a sled thatís good as new waiting for her.

Karen said that because of the extra time needed to cross the Burn she will rest for couple more hours in Nikolai.  She sounded tired but upbeat and says that her new Northern Outfitters jacket looks worse than her old one.

Anchorage Daily News article regarding poor trail conditions and list of musher/sled set backs.

Later

Mark
(Karen's husband)

Karen's 2001 Diary


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