Mike got to Takotna t 1:22 PM on Wednesday, which means he will not leave until nearly 3 PM Thursday. This will give all of us Iditarod junkies a chance to rest. For Mike and the dogs, this will also be a chance to rest. Mike will be feeding the dogs lots of kibble, meats, and fats and stretching and massaging them.
|Photo Sebastian Schnuelle|
Mike was asked at our meet and greet whether he gets a chance to bathe during the race. Sorry Maria, there will be no shower on the agenda in Takotna. Mike says that 3 days worth of dog stink adds 10 degrees of warmth.
I look forward to a good night's sleep without temptation to hit refresh on the computer or guilt over thinking about Mike's sleep deprivation. It begins again tomorrow when Mike will cross to Ophir and turn North towards Cripple. These will be long runs as he moves towards the Yukon River.