Apparently the warm weather, good food, massages, cuddles from visitors, and sleep did its job. Allen was able to take all 13 dogs! All the dogs were running happily down the campground road, and south on to the Yukon River. The trail out of a comfortable town is always a bit difficult, yet the team took it in stride. There was slight confusion on the edge of town as the Yukon Quest trail takes a "haw" and the local traffictakes a “haw” and the local traffic takes a “gee”, but Allen and the team with the trail groomers sorted it out. Such is the life of a musher and team in first place!
The rest of the crew is taking a well deserved rest at the Downtown hotel, before breaking camp and packing up for the next checkpoint in Pelly Crossing. Though there are dog drops and local cabins along the way, the team will base out of Pelly Crossing until Allen arrives at the checkpoint.