Alright. Cole officially has less ahead than behind, not by much, but at least the race is moving toward the finish, and most importatnly, Cole and the team are still moving forward. It looks like she ran to Cripple in one long run, probably to maximize the coolness of night. This will affect her run-rest schedule for today though, since she has another 70 mile run to Ruby, so she will likely stop halfway through and camp the dogs. Below is a pic of Colke’s team resting in Cripple under the northern lights which have been amazing for most of the week.
Apparently, almost every picture taken of Cole this year is with her and Quigley, which is great to see him still going strong. He led most of her Tustumena 200 this year and is a major trail breaker for us in training, but this is his first 1,000-mile race, so we don’t know if he will continue to lead when the team get tired and into the deep miles of the race. The pic at the top is of Quigley, and here’s another of her and him, with Wolf lying down by her feet. This nighttime one made the MSNBC website and the NBC Top Iditarod PIC of the Week, so GO COLE AND TEAM! HOpefully a few more people will finally start hearing about how hard she works yearround to do this crazy thing we do with the dogs.
In other news, Keno made it back to Anchorage yesterday, but the vets determined his cough did turn into pnuemonia, so they started him on a very aggressive antibiotic treatment and sent him to the emergency shelter overnight, so he could be in a warm building until today (most of the dropped dog stay in an outside dog lot in Anch until we can get there to pick them up). They said they thought his condition would improve quickly though beucase he was very alert and eating great. Hopefully he be cleared to come hojme today and can get some more recoop time on the couch here. Cyder and Woobie are still in McGrath waiting for a flight out, I guess the flying weather hasn’t been good, so the dropped dogs are starting to back up. Hopefully they’re in good hands and will all make it home safe and sound.
All for now, and remeber, if you haven’t voted for Cole on the Peninsula Clarion website poll, please do so soon. Thanks for all your support!