The Red Team arrived in Paxson, just in time to wave as the Black Team was heading out! The mushers waved, that is. The dogs looked at each other and cocked their heads as if to say, "Wazzup with that?"
The Black Team departed with all 16 dogs. In MacLaren, they will pick up Ranger and Olivia. Between his barking and her crazy enthusiasm, they ought to put a good jolt of energy into the team. Then at the Alpine checkpoint, ChaCha and Teddy will rejoin the team. After their long rest, you can bet ChaCha will be a hard-driving leader and Teddy will eagerly do her job in swing. It's really exciting to think about, and a really interesting new dimension of this race!
The Red Team dogs have now eaten and are resting comfortably on their straw. Aliy and T.Rose have just come inside for something to eat as well. I think I'll join them, then hit the road back to Fairbanks. Aliy has also brought in some great onboard video from the trail, and I look forward to doing something with it. The internet here is too funky to even try uploading video, so we'll all just have to be patient!