Bridgett and her Red & Black Team are currently resting in Council. There is a mandatory eight hour layover at the checkpoint.
The team left Nome this morning at 10am with Chemo and Chena in lead, followed by Amber and Chipper, Lydia and Nomex, Driver by himself, then Iron and Willie and Outlaw and Clyde in wheel. After climbing over Cape Nome and passing Safety Roadhouse, they stopped to camp at the Topkok Shelter cabin - around 47 miles in - for three hours. After that rest the team climbed up over the Topkok hills and along the Niukluk River before arriving in Council.
The start was a mass start of the three entered teams, therefore there is no time differential to see out. They can leave exactly eight hours after they arrived and will return to Nome on the same trail they went out on. Nome friends Curtis and Kami were on hand to video the Start this morning. Thanks guys!
We have been watching the weather at the infamous "blowhole" as it can change in an instant from calm 3mph winds, as it was this morning when the team went through, to ferocious ground storms that Aliy and Pete Kaiser experienced on their way to Nome just a couple of weeks ago. Check out the Alaska Snow, Water and Climate Services website here. I believe Johnson's Camp is in the blowhole area.
We'll be watching the tracker overnight to see what's going on as they head home to Nome. GO TEAM!!