IDITAROD Snippets and Links

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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby libby the lab » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:01 am

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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby elsietee » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:33 am

And here’s a recap of last year’s race:

https://youtu.be/_m8g9NhLFDU
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:37 pm

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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby fladogfan » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:23 pm

Flower what a good story, two very brave people.
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby Moose » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:41 pm

A wonderful and inspiring story. So, why am I weeping?
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:04 pm

This explains what happened to Martin, too. From Brett B's FB page:
I was able to talk to Brett again this evening. He was teary and of course, disappointed, but at peace with the decision to withdraw from the race in the best interest of his dogs.

Between Unalalkeet and Shagtoolik, Brett and Co encountered a storm so fierce the trail markers had blown out. The team literally passed the checkpoint because they could not see it. Someone at the checkpoint saw Brett's headlamp and yelled at them to stop. Martin Buser, who as run the Iditarod 39 times (according to Brett so don't quote me on the number) got lost in that storm. Brett and Co had left Unalakleet in good shape, but by the time they reached the next checkpoint, the extreme winds had "whipped it out of my dogs."

I asked Brett if his dogs would have gone further if he'd asked them too. "Yes, they would have," he said, "but it wasn't fair to ask."

Last year when Brett went through Shagtoolik, he decided it was the most forlorn place on the edge of the Bering Sea and that of all of the checkpoints on the Iditarod route, it was the one he DID NOT want to be stuck in. Picture this: Brett, Nic Petit and Ryan Reddington are currently sitting around a table in Shagtoolik singing the Iditarod Blues together (they are literally stuck there together). The storm is still so fierce, it looks like they will be stuck there for awhile. Somehow they have to shuttle all withdrawn teams back to Unalakleet to cargo freight them to Anchorage. But for now, no one is going anywhere.

Boy how fast things changed for these three capable men! What a heart-breaker. Darn Mother Nature, the big bully. Darn, those unforeseen circumstances that boss us around. But I guess that's what makes this race such an edge-of-a-seater for so many people.
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby elsietee » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:09 pm

More on Yotam’s finger:

UPDATE: Reached by phone on Wednesday, Haber said that the surgery to reattach his finger had been successful and that his doctor was optimistic it would regain much of its function. He has already begun physical therapy — though unable to move his finger more than a millimeter — and even changed two diapers on his 1-year-old daughter.
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby flowerpower » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:10 pm

Good to hear!
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby fladogfan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:45 am

Very good to hear. My stomach clenched when I first read the report. It took so long to get him to a surgeon glad it worked out.
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Re: IDITAROD Snippets and Links

Postby fladogfan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:16 pm

Don't know where to post this, so here it is...

I loved checking in tonight and seeing the end of the pack almost into Shaktoolik. And a steady bunch of teams making their ways to Nome. I hope there are no more Scratches this year.
Lance will soon be in White Mountain and Martin is on his way to Safety.

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