With Bridgett -- Allen's daughter -- and her husband Scotty coming down from Nome for the Thanksgiving weekend, Aliy and Allen decided to take advantage of their combined mushing abilities to head out on the first long -- over 100 miles -- two day training run of the season. Running four teams of ten dogs each would mean that almost all of the "main" dogs would get a really good workout.
In preparation, Allen spent some time in the kennel shop, making sure that four sleds were "good to go." I've been trying to get Allen on video, so I decided to put him on the spot and ask him "Watcha doin'?" with the camera running.
The result is this little video of Allen talking about sled maintenance -- plus a few other general observations -- and sharing his knowledge and wit on camera for the first time:
(Note: If you'd like to see more videos of Allen, please leave a comment and let him know. He thinks people only want to see Aliy because, as he puts it, "She's the pretty one!")