The Red Team is in White Mountain! One more eight hour rest then they are on their way home to Nome.
The team made great time here from Elim, making the 46 mile run over in 6 hours, 21 minutes. They will leave for Nome at 11.45pm and we can expect them to finish maybe 9-10 hours later.
We managed to get the live feed here in Nome (we had never managed to get it in Two Rivers!) and we enjoyed seeing the team come in then watch as Aliy fed them a mixture of kibble, cool water and, what we can figure as small chunks of poultry skins. They all ate hungrily which is awesome to see this far into the race. They are burning at least 10,000 calories during the day so need to replace it with good, high calorie kibble and fats. We also saw the vet team giving each dog a thorough examination.
Screen shot from Insider Live - Willie gets his vet exam (thanks Margaret for sending me this!)
The next thing Aliy will do after their initial meal is to get the straw down, remove booties and give everyone a nice massage. Then she will leave them alone to sleep until about two hours before take-off when she will feed them again, walk each of them around to stretch-out then start her exit chores (booties, packing sled etc).
Aliy will also want some sleep so once the dogs are situated she will get some food for herself then take a nap.
Allen and the Black Team are resting in Shaktoolik and will likely head out in the next hour or so.