As we all watch Allen and the Black Team on their amazing run in the Yukon Quest, every part of the kennel is in motion. Aliy, Ray, Wes and Wendy were at Carmacks during Allen's 4 hour stay. On the Quest, a handlers job is never done. They get to clean up after the team leaves and then worries them to the next checkpoint. We hope they are managing to get a little sleep too!!
Allen pulled the hook at 8:01 PST after a 4 hour rest and just minutes behind Hugh Neff. The Black Team still has 11 dogs and Quito and Olivia are still in lead. They are very focused. Allen is in full race mode now. He left his sled's seat and any spare weight he could behind at Carmacks. This run should be 10 to 12 hours to Braeburn and will be over lots of lakes and most likely overflow. There is a mandatory 8 hour rest in Braeburn before the final push into Whitehorse.
On the completely other side of the kennel's current operations, Ryne, Derek, Kaz (me) and Sammy spent the day finishing off Food Drop Bags for Aliy and Ryne's Iditarod runs. They are due tomorrow morning. While you are biting your nails watching Allen, give us a guess at this year's total weights. One for Aliy's bags and one for Ryne's. I'll let you know tomorrow!
Here are some pictures from the kennel today.