The 2+ hour drive from Paxson to Chisto was pretty rough, with snow blowing wildly across the road most of the way. When I stepped out of my truck in Chisto at about 11pm, I was greeted by a good old arctic blast. It was cold and windy!
Allen arrived right on schedule at 11:35 with all 12 dogs still looking great. They were quite eager for their snack, straw and meal which you can see Allen working on right away as always.
Once that was all in place, we "did the math" and came up with the following: Allen will take his last four hours of rest, then leave at 3:35 and go non-stop to the finish. Jeff King arrived in Chisto at 9:11 -- after running a virtually identical time as Allen from Paxson -- needing to take six hours of rest which would allow him to leave at 3:11. Thus, Allen is 24 minutes behind Jeff with 75 miles to go. Allen is, of course, chomping at the bit to "get after it" with all 12 of his dogs. Jeff will have 10 dogs leaving Chisto, if I heard correctly that he is dropping a dog there.
It is going to be an exciting finish! Stay tuned!