Moira just texted that she has safely returned to the kennel from her 24-hour, round-trip excursion to the Mile 101 Checkpoint. She was able to catch up with Allen and Aliy while she was there, and she is working on some updates to post later tonight. Sweet!
[Note: You’re probably aware that communications in the wilds of Alaska is very limited. This is especially true along the YQ route. On top of that, SPK support teams getting to/from checkpoints face staggering logistical challenges. I’ll work on a post for tomorrow in which I will try to give you a sense of it all, but for now you can be assured that all of them are performing superhuman feats!]
Now for today’s wrap-up:
For most of the day, Allen remained in the lead, but rested on the trail and was passed (temporarily, we hope) by Brent Sass and Hugh Neff.
He appears to be moving again and the trio are well on their way to Circle. These three YQ veterans are showing early signs of being the race-within-a-race to watch!
She is currently in a place where the trail map doesn’t match the actual trail, something that I suspect has given you the same heartburn as it has me at times throughout the day.
The remainder of Aliy’s race involves getting to Circle, taking a mandatory rest, then sprinting back to the YQ300 finish in Central!
In summary: It’s been a “slow news day” but the trackers have given us plenty to cheer about as both SPK teams continue to perform superbly in the wilds of the Alaskan wilderness!