I am still waiting to get news from Shaktoolik. I have cancelled my plane ticket to Nome while I wait to see what is going to happen with Jeff and the team.
They camped at the shelter “cabin” just about 15 miles outside of Shaktoolik for 8 hours with Mitch, Aaron and then Hans.I use the term “cabin” loosely… only a musher would call it shelter. Jeff and Hans went back to Shaktoolik, I’m sure, for food for the dogs. The race is virtually stopped with the exception of the three front-runners and a few teams farther back. Mother Nature is hammering her fist.
The checkpoint of Shaktoolik is a single building on a spit of land situated out in the open. It is not a pretty spot when the wind is blowing. According to the stats, there are now 14 teams there… that is a lot of pressure for this small place. The biggest challenge along with keeping all of the dogs as comfortable as possible, will be having enough food for the dogs and people. This is a tough situation for the teams and the race officials. The race committee is earning their keep this year…..
So, I admit, the race has lost some of it’s thrill for me. Now it is truly simply a management situation. I will keep you posted on any news I receive.