Good Afternoon Race Fans!
Donna phoned from Nome a little while ago so I’ll give you her take on what’s happening today.
Donna and Ellen made it safely into Nome this afternoon. Weather report there has it snowing – very light and fluffy! Upon getting tucked away in the home of their host, Miss Ellen was off with the Buser boys and company ~ Donna surmised that she may not be seen until the finish…
If you’ve been watching the updates you’ll see that Jeff was into White Mountain an hour behind Lance. Simply stated – if Jeff could have been ahead of Lance, he would have been. Donna listened to an interview with Jeff during his break in White Mountain and she thought that he sounded pretty good. Bruce Lee was questioning Jeff and asked if he had another gear – Jeff’s reply “Yup, I do.” This could be a nail biter folks!
Jeff plans to drop Angus and Lobben before he heads out from White Mountain at 5:50pm this evening. In 2006, Jeff’s team did the run from White Mountain to Nome in 10.5 hours.
Historically, having an hour to make up heading out from White Mountain is something you may bet against. Having 1.5 hours to make up – no way; a half an hour – possible. Jeff definitely has his work cut out for him. If Lance is still able to call his team up and get that other gear… well, we’ll see who’s got the speed when it counts most.
No doubt about it, the race has been very exciting – and it will be an exciting finish too! It’s Lance’s race to lose right now.
Assuming snow doesn’t slow them down too much, Donna expects the winner should cross the finish line between 3-5am.
She’ll give a full report tomorrow on all of the dogs – oh, and Jeff too! Stay tuned….