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Donna Newsletter – Part 5

While I wait and watch the seconds tick away on the GPS timer intermittently bringing up the Current Standings to see if Jeff is going through Ophir yet, I drink my morning lemon-water in a very silent house. Ah… he’s there! His time to that checkpoint is comparable to Lance’s which is 45 minutes faster than Martin’s time going in. Of course, coming off a break and just starting a break will describe away the difference. The teams are still moving well, convincing me that the trail is really pretty good. I heard someone say in one of the Insider Videos that the trail into Iditarod is much better than expected. Now that the teams are coming off their 24-hour breaks, it will be easier to see how they all stack up.

I’m glad to see that Jeff left Takotna this morning with 15 dogs. That means that Call’s feet took advantage of the long rest. I spoke with Jeff very briefly last night and he said that Call was feeling tons better, eating and drinking lots, and that his feet had improved dramatically. Jeff sounded very chipper and rested.

And we can always play the “If Only” game…. if only the temperatures would drop just 10 degrees, I believe the trail would set up and provide a faster surface. It is warm-ish but overcast and not much wind yet, so, by Iditarod standards, pretty darn good weather. So far, the teams are running on schedule with previous years. The Yukon could bog them down a bit but that’s nothing unusual. So, at this point we are still looking at a Tuesday finish in Nome.

Stay tuned!


  1. Thank you so much for keeping us updated with the inside story. It is so great to get the Insider coverage, the GPS tracking along with your insight! I just love following all this tension from the safety of my computer here in London. One day I will come out and volunteer along the trail – I will!

  2. Keep up the great insight and posting, Donna. It’s a whole other dimension reading your post as opposed to what I read from the Iditarod and ADN links.

    I have not invested in using the GPS system offered by the Iditarod link but I just might have to since this year’s race is going to be intersting, to say the least!

    GO TEAM!

  3. Thank you Donna for keeping me a ardent fan informed. I have been a fan of Jeff’s ever since I visited Husky Homestead on a tour. I am from Ohio and this is my March Madness. As some one said Mush on Jeff!

  4. I wonder if your Troy is our Troy. Is he from Asbury IA? He likes Antartica and cold weather?
    Yes, that’s him. Hi Troy! Take good care of those dogs! Jeff’s rather fond of them.

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