Communications and information are spotty as usual, but here's what we know so far:
Moira emailed this photo of the Chistochina checkpoint from her phone and texted that all three teams arrived in excellent shape. Spencer made particular mention of Violet and Chena, but all his dogs are doing extremely well. Aliy spotlighted Junior's super enthusiasm and Allen reported that the trail is pretty dry with sugary snow that is sticking to everything.
At this moment, all three teams are taking a long rest in Chisto. We will look forward to a more complete report from Moira when she gets to wi-fi coverage at Meiers Lake.
Completely amazing is the fact that after starting in 36th position, Allen was 5th to arrive in Chistochina. That means he passed 31 teams in a 50 mile stint, or about one every ten minutes. He is obviously on an absolutely blistering pace and has passed everyone except the 6th, 9th, 14th and 16th starters.
I have no information about why Allen didn't start Quito in lead, nor any information that anything is wrong with her. My guess is that he decided to hold her in reserve for more open trails ahead, letting other leaders do the passing work on the first stint.
Checkpoint times are only just beginning to be posted, and I will have more analysis to offer as they become available... So SPK!