The stories from Allen’s race are increasing by the day. I talked to him today once he reached Shaguluk. He was tired and hungry but in good spirits. As is his custom, he was more worried about Aliy and how she was doing than about himself.
He said his dogs are looking great! He doesn’t expect any of them to need to be dropped before he leaves for Anvik and Grayling. He says that he is still running Girlfriend and Anvik quite a bit up in lead, but all the dogs are doing very well.
He had a bit of an incident going into Shaguluk. As we have heard, the trail was very barren there, with lots of tundra and stumps sticking up. Only a few miles out of the check point, a stump caught his sled seat. The sled came to an abrupt halt. Allen flipped over the handle bars and landed with Blossom and Hera in wheel. He couldn’t believe he didn’t hurt himself, but he said he is going to be very sore when he gets to Nome.
Aliy left Grayling after 7+ hours to make her way to Eagle Island. She did drop another dog, Sparky – with, of course, a triceps injury. She is down to 9 dogs but a strong 9. Hopefully she can go through a couple of checkpoints now without having to drop a dog.