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Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail

November 23, 2007

 
Training Run Photos and Trail Facts

Yesterday's run was a pretty routine one, but I posted some pictures at -

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/northwapiti/RunNov222007

 

I started off with Flash in lead, but he made it very clear that he was not ready to be a lead dog yet and I swapped him out with Runner within 1 miles. Flash still proved to be distracted up in swing, so I ended up with him back in wheel before the run was over. He worked just once he was in wheel! Ah, 'Puppy Brain'. 

 

Part of yesterday's run was up on the historic Landing Trail. This trail fascinates me. It was established in 1875 by the Hudson Bay Co and used until the railway, which actually ran along the east boundary of our property, came along in 1912.

 

It is mentioned in James Michener's Journey and I found some interesting information online about the trail -

 

http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0000370

 

http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=7563

 

The section of the trail I travel is now part of the Trans Canada Trail System -

 

http://www.tctrail.ca/home.php

 

http://www.albertatrailnet.com/trails_to_try/Athabasca_Landing.pdf

 

As a point of trivia - The Trans Canada Trail reaches from the Pacific to the Atlantic and up to the Arctic Ocean. In 2000 a relay occurred across Canada bringing water along the existing and proposed sections of the trail from reach of these oceans to be joined in a fountain in our nation's capital in Ottawa.

 

From - wx.toronto.ca

 

ABOUT THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL RELAY 2000

  a.. The Trans Canada Relay Trail began on February 19, 2000 in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, when water from the Arctic Ocean was drawn by local Junior Rangers and blessed by local church representatives before being placed in a symbolic baton.
  b.. The western leg of Relay 2000 began in Victoria, British Columbia on April 7. Water was drawn from Victoria's Inner Harbour and brought to shore by Aboriginal war canoes for its trip east across Canada. On May 5, the Atlantic waters were drawn in Cape Spear, Newfoundland.
  c.. Five thousand official water carriers (1,300 in Ontario) have walked, run, cycled, ridden horseback, cross-country skied, snowmobiled and journeyed by wheelchair along the 16,000 kilometer Trans Canada Trail that stretches across Canada's mountains, prairies, forests, parks, towns and cities. The waters from the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans will all reach their final destination of Hull, Quebec on September 9, 2000, when the Trans Canada Trail is officially unveiled. When it is complete, Relay 2000 will have visited more than 800 communities across Canada, including 165 in Ontario
 

When the relay passed through Perryvale, my 2000 Iditarod team and I carried water out of Perryvale and along part of the Trail.

 

That's your history and useless trivia lesson for today.


Karen

Karen's Diary - Iditarod 2008 Edition


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