Where they heck did they go? Sorry folkss, but we were between computers for a while there and then busy getting ready for the iditarod too. Here’s a breif update before I lose internet connectivity (part of the problem this past week with trying top update the blog).
The runs are going good, as eveident from the pic at the top of this post. The dogs are really getting into the groove of being on their feet for 5-6 hours at a time and multiple days in a row. Hopefully they’ll be in tip-top shape for the big race in three weeks. Speaking of which, we have heard form our Iditarider, she’s a youngerster from the Lower 48 and she sounds super excited to ride along with the dogs thorugh downtown Anchorage.
After the T200 we had a bit of bad luck with one of our best dogs. Cyder starting having soreness in his belly and a bit of blood in his urine, so we rushed him into the vet. We found out that he had an hugely inflammed prostate and they worried it was the dreaded C-word, but after a quick surgery (the pic above is him recovering from anesthesia), they determined it was not and he has been on the mend. He got a lot of time off and then came back slowly with small runs to let him get his legs back under him.
We’ve also been busy preparing the housands of pounds of food and gear that will be sent upthe Iditarod trial. Here is Cole packing, packing and more packing, as you can tell from all the stuff in the hallway in the background. We lived on piles of halfpacked dropped bags for days. It was nuttier than usual around here.
Once done, we brought our drops up to Anchorage. Here’s Cole’s drops being divied up to sent out to the proper villages. Hopefully they’ll all make it where they’re suppose to go.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip for Iditarod without a whiteout blizzard. Most of you will reember there wasan avalanche last year when we attempted to brgin up food drops, so we didn’t make it on time. This time we got stuck in the bliizzard, but made it….just very slowly. You can imagine how hard it was to see the roqad when this truck wasn’t in front of me. There was zero definition to the road.
All for this week. More when we figure out this new computer better.