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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ID: They're Nearly Home!

Well this sure is exciting viewing!

Aliy, Spark, Dutch, Amber, Junior, Rodney, Iron, Driver, Felix and Izzy are through Safety checkpoint and are just 22 miles from Nome!

She and Pete Kaiser are literally breathing down each others necks and, because the trackers are not synched up, it's really difficult to know who's got the edge at any given moment. At Safety checkpoint they were one minute apart with the Red Team in front by a nose in 8th position.



We all are about to head down to the dog lot to set up for our athletes. We'll set up their kennels, line them with fresh straw and lay out warm fleece jackets and cozy blankets. We'll thaw out some fish and beef snacks for the finish line and prepare a tasty meal.

A few of us will head up the road to the road crossing to catch them about five miles from home and silently cheer them as they go by.

One of the most thrilling experiences is to hear the town siren announce their arrival as they get closer to the finish line. A police escort will greet them on Front Street as they come off the pack ice and they will make their way down to the chute.

Then, they cross under the burled arch finish line.

We're so excited to see them. They're nearly home to Nome!

Once they are officially checked in and welcomed we'll drive the team the 100-odd yards to the dog lot where all the dogs will undergo a thorough veterinary examination. We'll feed them, massage them, cuddle them and settle them into their temporary homes for a good long sleep. Aliy will head home, also for a good long sleep.

It may be a while before I can get anything up on the blog so keep an eye on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts as, depending on internet coverage, I will hopefully be able to post a few pictures directly there.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Home?

TRAVEL said...

Aliy & Red Team, GO,GO,GO, NOME IS ROUND THE CORNER. Hi from Florida.

Anonymous said...

Temporary home in NOME!
Congrats a little early red team and welcome home!

Carrie Hopkins, Windsor, CT said...

Woo-hoo!!! My refresh finger is working overtime today! I have the tracker up in the background of my work stuff, constantly hitting refresh and watching the race to the finish with Pete! So exciting! Great race Red Team, you're almost home!

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a race!

A-town's Becky said...

Give them all a big hug and a welcome to the finish line for me.
What an accomplishment!
Awesome job Aliy and red team.
:-)
I'm so proud of you!!!!!!

Heidi Phillips said...

Aliy, Aliy, Aliy, Aliy.....

Heidi

Cindy Schaus said...

Gave me goosebumps reading this. So exciting!!! Go Red Team! Run Run Run

Margaret said...

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

Go Red Team!!!

Charlene&Lisa said...

Nome! Great job Aliy and team! Rest well all!!

Nessmuk said...

My goodness....they are certainly making it exciting!!!! As I write this they are 15 miles from the Burled Arch!!! Hope the live feed is working.....I got to see this!

I SO envy the SPK Crew and all the other spectators in Nome....how I wish I was there to see the Team to Nome under some real racing conditions! Kinda reminds me of 2014 without all the storm drama!!!

Carol said...

Go, Aliy, Go! Go, pups, go!

Sherri Suppelsa said...

Lay the hammer down Red Team . . . you're so close! Run like you stole it!

juanita christenson said...

Go Aliy Go!!! So exciting! Looks like a smooth 8 for you and the team! Nice placing...hope the pups are doing well now!

Lisa B said...

Right now both Aliy and Allen show 5 miles from each respective checkpoint on the tracker. It would be cool if Allen reaches Elim in time to "watch" the finish. Has Aliy been hiding a turbo button on the sled? It's been a nail-biting last 77 miles. Go Red Team!!!

Anonymous said...

Yea! Don't know about anyone else but my "refresh" finger is getting sore.

LannieK said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!
Great Race! Amazing Dogs! Amazing Musher!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on an 8th place finish! 8 IS GREAT! You go, girl!

Charlene&Lisa said...

And she's in!! Great race Aliy! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Jay, she did go very fast! In this end "spurt" against some tough competitors and won! 15 min faster than Pete is great! What a team ! Those dogs are super awesome. Soo proud of Driver and Iron in particular; Bravo to the Spark, Dutch, Amber leaders and JUNIOR! Rodney surly will sparkle on the next one and Felix and Izzy are Bisquit famous! So happy that Aliy finished and finished well! Wish I was there to cheer!
Thank you Moira and team and all the supporters !
Inspiring !
Ingabritt

Anonymous said...

DITTO to Ingabritt's comments!!!

tmcaleer said...

Thanks for the update, Instagram -yes!!

Marilyn cozzens said...

Yeah Aliy & Red team. What an exciting finish.