Thank you all for your touching and heartfelt comments and messages. Aliy will see them in the next couple of days.
I don't really know what to say. Honestly, I'm sitting here thinking how I can possibly describe what happened here tonight. I wanted to avoid the words "roller coaster" but there is nothing else that I can think of to describe our emotions over the last 12 hours. Everything including hope, joy, worry, pride and relief all in very quick succession and over and over.
Chica was left in Safety and she will be nicely tucked up and sleeping there with the vets and volunteers. She will complete her journey to Nome once the weather settles a bit and she can get transportation along the trail. Aliy thought she tweaked her shoulder and she didn't want her to continue.
The news agencies will write their stories overnight and I'll link you to them tomorrow. We're spent so we're going to catch a couple hours of rest before heading back to the dog yard. And don't worry - there are plenty of volunteers at the dog yard keeping watch over our best friends. Don't tell anyone but Waylon is sleeping in bed with Meghan. Aliy apparently promised him if he made it to Nome he could sleep in the bed.
It was such a frantic and fast moving finish that I didn't get very much in the way of video or pictures. I'll go through what we have and get something to you tomorrow. Until then: thank you for staying up/getting up to support Aliy and her Red Team to the finish. Thank you.