I just got off the phone with Jeff from Shaktoolik. He and the dogs are fine though his hands are really swollen (from the cold). He said that the wind is certainly a factor but more significant is the temperature. He is “into the trash pile” for food and though there is no food shortage yet, he believes that it will become an issue. However, that is something that is fixable, he said. The race committee will get food into the checkpoints as needed. The good news is that our dogs are eating great. I’m sure they like the varied menu. He said that Mitch and Aaron had food enough until noon today and were going to wait it out.
He recommended that I not go to Nome yet.
It appears that this wind is supposed to maintain for another 24 hours.
Will keep you posted.