Allen and the BLACK TEAM have departed Paxson checkpoint and are on the trail towards Sourdough. Seven teams left the checkpoint before them.
They arrived in the early hours of this morning and made the call to take their mandatory 6 hour layover PLUS an extra 64 minutes (to allow for the starting time differential) here.
Allen's daughters Bridgett and Jennifer are here also and Bridgett caught the team's arrival on film. You can hear her asking Allen some really good questions as she herself has run this race so knows the trail intimately.
At 10.15am the team left and those of you will eagle eyes will notice the team was down to 11 dogs. With one eye firmly on the rest of the racing season Allen decided to drop Tatfish as a precautionary measure. He was showing some minor signs of soreness so the difficult decision was made to leave him with us for the rest of the race. He will enjoy plenty of massages, fish snacks and loving!
We are on our way to Sourdough checkpoint shortly and there is no internet access there so we will try to get messages through to those back at the kennel.
It's beginning to snow again, the temperatures are very warm and there is minimal wind.