Sunday, February 12, 2012
Allen In Carmacks
Allen arrived at 3:58 pm into Carmacks checkpoint to a waiting crowd. He was three minutes behind Hugh Neff. However, Hugh has a 30 minute penalty to take during his Braeburn layover, due to a lost ax during the last run. The dogs ran into the checkpoint looking ready to continue on their way. All the dogs seem to be running smoothly. The vets had a look at a few dogs per Allen's request, just to be sure everything was alright. Allen quickly and efficiently fed the dogs their rest time snacks and bedded them down in the straw. He said the trail was smooth and the warm weather hadn't really effected it. However, he said it is warm running on the sled. It was apparent he had shed a few layers during his run due to his ski poling. As he was coming up off the river into the checkpoint, he reported that six neighborhood pet dogs ran over to the team to check them out. The team didn't even pause but continued on into the checkpoint. The pet dogs got snubbed. Allen is eating and resting, along with the team. Our two dropped dogs, Schmoe and Pud, are doing well also. They have been sleeping in their boxes where it is very warm. They have slept and eaten most of the day for a fast recovery. We'll see Allen and the team again for a mandatory 8 hour layover at Braeburn Lodge. The sweet rolls are supposed to be world famous so we'll look forward to those as we wait for Allen to roll in.