Allen and Nic Petit are neck and neck and they are both on the "Tolsona loop" with 30 minutes left each to rest. It's on.
At the Tolsona Resort checkpoint under a big moon and about -15F we could easily tell it was Allen's headlight on the lake as his double ski-poling creates a unique headlight motion. We can see him coming from miles off! His 30 minute stop was busy, busy. He didn't settle the dogs on to straw for such a short stay and his chores were simply to to snack, snack and snack both the dogs and himself and make sure booties were in place for the next run. He also dropped Felix with this time and we want to thank the volunteer checker and vet Hayden for working with us on such a tight timeframe.
Aliy has pulled in, done a very similar thing to Allen and is back on the trail again on the "loop" and will be back at this checkpoint. She and her team are looking GREAT!
All the handlers will get a rare moment of calm as we have no campsite to clean up (those teams that did put straw down will be using the same campsite) and no driving to the next checkpoint. This checkpoint also has the best spectator viewpoint, we can sit in the restaurant and see the teams come in with enough time to get down to the check-in area.
Dogs teams rest at Tolsona and another is about to arrive
We are watching the tracker to follow Meghan who has arrived in to Lake Louise checkpoint at 8.48 with a very respectable run time of 6 hours 57 minutes. At this checkpoint during the 2013 Sheep Mountain 300 she took her nap curled up in front of the fireplace covered in parkas. She told me she is looking forward to doing that again this time! And enjoying a burger.
Ray, Lidia, Christine and I are sitting in the Tolsona Resort restaurant enjoying some breakfast… no wait, is it dinner? Quite possibly lunch.