The Black Team arrived into Circle at 9.18am with all 12 dogs that left Dawson. It has been exactly, to the minute, three days since we last saw them!
Allen pulled in with Mismo and Dutch in lead. Aliy was really pleased to see him up there as Dutch is often in his brothers Kodiak's and Commando's shadows so he has finally got his moment.
Once Allen arrived and officially checked in he immediately snacked the dogs on some high-fat turkey skins and dry kibble. He will prepare their warm meal later but he wanted to get some good calories into them straight away. They would also have been snacking all the way from Slaven's over night.
Evidently Allen is in great spirits. He is pleased to get the team to Central. Turns out the team did pick up a bug that caused some runny bellies but he feels like the 8+ hour rest at Slaven's and some meds has really helped them and he thinks they are on an upward swing again. They are eating really well now and seem happy again. They had lost their "pep" and he joked about the slow pace saying, in his Arkansas drawl: "You can't push a turtle".
Allen with daughters Jennifer and Bridgett; Handler crew posing for their debut album cover
He will give them a good rest in Circle before heading towards Central. This next leg is where they drop onto the infamous Birch Creek. It seems it is always either extremely cold or covered in overflow or both so he will be fortifying the team and himself for whatever challenge it throws at them.
After that comes Eagle Summit!