Saturday, March 12, 2011
Up the Yukon
For the last 75 miles, Mike has been traveling up the Yukon river into the wind. The Yukon is an immense river close to 2000 miles long and several miles wide. The unforgiving winds challenge even the most determined mushers and dogs. Mike and the dogs will take a break at Eagle Island and then face the last 65 miles up the river. When Mike reaches Kaltag, where he will leave the Yukon river, he will be traveling a trail he has seen before. In 2008, Mike drove his snowmobile to Nome and he joined the Iditaord trail at Kaltag. Hopefully this familiarity will make the trip a little easier for him. Having a chance to see the trail and learn about its challenges and amenities is a big part of what Mike wants to do on his rookie run. I know that he is gaining valuable insights in strategy and dog care that will help him in future races.
Before the race began, Mike showed me his plan to Takotna. However, I never saw his plan from Takotna to Nome, so I am at the edge of my seat watching the race progress.