Each time we run a race we do a "debrief" about not only the dogs and the race plan but also logistics including handling, travelling and drop bags. We took the plan from 2014 (the last time the race started in Fairbanks), made some tweaks identified in the debrief, then with the help of lots of good friends and neighbors, we packed the bags ready to be dropped off on Saturday afternoon. It is a major undertaking.
The drop bags include:
- 6-8lb packs of two different kinds of kibble
- packs of 14 (12 for YQ300) meat snacks including salmon, turkey skins, beef and tripe (yummy)
- packs of 14 (12 for YQ30) booties
- extra dog jackets and blankets (extra to what Allen and Aliy will be carrying with them in case they get damp)
- packs of vet supplies to refresh the kit in the sled including Algyval, foot ointment and vet-wrap
- human food including freeze-dried meals, oatmeal bars, nuts, bacon and some "proper" seam-sealed meals to drop in the cook pot
- sled runner plastics
- spare equipment and clothing for dogs and humans (and anything else they might need along the way!)
We then have to do an inventory of each bag so the ones that have to cross the border over into Canada can get through Customs smoothly.
Sincere thanks to the whole team who have been working hard to get these done, along with Two Rivers 100/200 preparation this week!! We couldn't have done it without you. Y'all free again next week for Iditarod bags???
Labelling comes first; Wendy is the Booty Queen!
Chris cuts salmon into snack sized slices; Madi crumbles turkey skins for use as a meal additive
Mykena bags salmon and Padee bags beef for snacks along the trail
Tami bags kibble for meals; Wes has kibble ready for meal time
Moira makes more oatmeal bars than you can shake a stick at; Allen packs it all in