While Allen was on his final leg of the Yukon Quest, Aliy was at home turning in the Iditarod Drop Bags for both teams.
We had mostly completed the bags prior to the Quest but we needed to bring home the dog jackets, fleece blankets and gloves etc from the first half of the Quest to send ahead for the Iditarod.
Once again, it took a small village to complete these bags and we sincerely thank everyone that helped us!
Our special thanks to the Earle Family: Brian, Tami, Madi and Mykena for the use of their trailer and man/woman power to load, unload and stack the bags in Fairbanks. Thanks team, we really appreciate your help!!
These bags went by road down to Anchorage then will get flown into the Iditarod checkpoints by the 'Iditarod Airforce' where they will be waiting for our mushers as they move through the trail.
Mykena and Madi stack the pallets
Tami wraps the pallet
This year food drops were partly subsidised by the Iditarod and we pay for the rest. We are required to ship out 1,100 pounds (50 pounds of dog food and supplies to every checkpoint) then we send out as much extra as we need out in bags weighing up to 50 pounds. This year we shipped 1,771 pounds for Aliy and 1,692 pounds for Allen, including supplies sent to Nome that mostly went in Aliy's name.