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Monday, February 4, 2013

The Red Team Leaves Pelly

Aliy and Michelle Phillips enjoyed some friendly banter whilst at the Pelly checkpoint and left eight minutes apart for the final loop of the YQ300. Aliy left with 10 dogs but I currently don't have information about who it is that gets to spend time waiting for the finish with Meghan. It will be a tough battle and we can't wait!

Right now we have SP Kennel handlers scattered all over the Yukon Territory with Ryne's handler Kristina heading towards Pelly Crossing to wait for the Red and Black team to arrive, Meghan currently camped at Pelly chewing finger nails waiting for the YQ300 finish (and with no tracker to help) and Ray and Moira in Dawson to start setting up the dog camp for the Black team. We'll do our best to get pics and comment of the YQ300 to you as soon as we can so please bear with us...

Because of the run/rest schedule the R&Bs are on we may not get a chance to see them. We all wish we could, especially to see the youngsters come of age but we will certainly get a recap to you once things are all said and done.

Ray and I travelled the Klondike Highway to Dawson in "Big Red", we are a bit sleep deprived... and we introduce you to "Taco".

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Taco might be the kennel's ticket to riches. An auction might raise a fortune, he is adorable. Good luck to all the teams, we are out here clicking (refresh) too. Heather

Melissa K. said...

You're going to have to tie Ryne down and have her write a trail notes summary of the R&B team's race.

Great job with all the updates. Go Aliy! Go Allen! Go Latinos and Outlaws!

mushmore said...

Great video...please don't lose that great sense for laughter. Love taco..... Make sure he can pee on the Yukon at some point so he becomes a true Alaskan husky... Drive safe and all handlers are rock stars. They are. The backbone of every team.

Anonymous said...

How many miles on the final loop from pelly? Love this blog. Great coverage! Good luck to all your teams!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic job with all the marvelous updates, love the adorable Taco, great job sp kennel crew, hopefully you are almost in Dawson by now, has been about two and half hours since you posted.

Lourdes, VT said...

Amen to the previous post!!! :) :) :)

Julie Anne O'Neill said...

Thanks so much for your updates...they are keeping this LA girl very happy! Keep it up & be safe out there!

P.S. Taco is so cute, especially when falling asleep.

Iris said...

What a nail biting Yukon 300! Taco is cute, would the kennel consider selling some SP Kennel stuffed pups? I'd love to have one!

Unknown said...

Good to have some comic relief when low on sleep :) I hope both Aliy and Allen know how much support they have all over the world! They are excellent mushers!

Macgellan said...

Huge thanks to Moira and Ray for showing a true "behind the scenes" glimpse of what it's like to be a handler... Aliy and Allen have both said, on numerous occasions, that they'd rather have the hardships and exhaustion of mushing than the tedium and grind of handling... As someone who has "been there, done that" I can assure you it is remarkable that M&R aren't killing each other, let alone having a sense of humor about it!... Great reporting work, Moira!... Ray is MVHandler!... I don't know if it takes a village, but it definitely takes a team!... Go SPK!

HOSS (RET.) said...

I WANT A TACO!!!