Hi folks, we're back on line! Ray and myself have just arrived at the Lake Louise Lodge and are just catching up now with all the race stats you already know. We use Macgellan's run-time and total cumulative time analysis too so a huge thanks to him for his hard work.
It will take some time to edit and upload videos and I will do that a little bit at a time. For now let me just fill in some blanks.
Both the BLACK and RED teams looked great coming in to Meiers Lake and despite the 73 mile trial that is the mountain, open water and overflow they didn't really look like they needed to stop. In saying that though when they did get to their parking spot and had a lovely straw bed and fleece coat they settled pretty quickly for some rest. I can even report that Felix looks to be figuring out this "take a break" thing. Both Aliy and Allen took their 6-hour mandatory rest plus their time differential so were able to get a good chunk of sleep themselves. During a race like this "a good chunk" means about 2 hours in a row.
Meiers Lake Roadhouse was heaving and the tireless staff worked extraordinarily hard to cater to us all. THANK YOU! They cooked dozens of burgers, pancakes and eggs, dried loads and loads of wet musher gear and kept the fires stoked to warm chilled mushers and handlers. We really are inferior to dogs in this respect; with their natural fur coats they are able to withstand so much more than we can and they grumble a lot less. They are amazing.
Daylight came and we were all able to see Meghan and her RED AND BLACK team arrive. I'm not making it up when I say they looked GREAT also. They were excited to be at the checkpoint but certainly didn't look exhausted. Meghan did a great job to get them through what would have been the hardest run of some of their young lives. She stopped to rest when they needed it, kept them warm with wind jackets and kept a close eye on them during the run. A parking spot opened up right between Aliy and Allen's teams so we were able to park them with their friends which possibly helped them settle quickly. What also helped was how Meghan tucked them in.
L-R: Honda and Viper snuggle; Can you guess who this is?
Both BLACK and RED teams left the checkpoint enthusiastically. We could see the trail for some way and saw Allen pull out his ski-poles about 60 seconds into the run. He didn't stop all the way to Sourdough except when they were going downhill.
When we left Meiers Lake Meghan was just starting her own rest, she was looking forward to getting some sleep and taking her boots off!