Due to weather conditions (it is unseasonably warm here in Alaska),
the route for this year's race has been changed. Someone asked me if
this would cause our team much hardship. It will not, in fact, I think
it will be fun.
The route through Nenana is very historic in terms of the original
Serum Run - as a friend and fellow Iditarod musher said to me 'that
trail should be full of apparitions'. And it should be. It is fun to
share the trail with spirits of the past and I think they love seeing
dog teams still active on 'their' trails and provide us with safe
It has made food drops a little more interesting, but I have done
them with a few different game plans in mind - so lots of room for flexibility.
I will miss some of my favorite parts of the Iditarod Trail, like
the Rainy Pass summit, but I'm sure this new route with be inspiring
in it's own way. I also will miss 'my tree'. It is between Happy River
and Rainy Pass, I broke my sled on it in 2000 and damaged my sled on
the very same tree in 2001. This year I was DETERMINED to make it by
the darn thing - now I won't have a chance!
Oh well, it's going to be a historical and interesting Iditarod and
I'm THRILLED to be a part of it.