Scratches

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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:56 am

From skinny legs dogs:
I just received a call from Brett with some disappointing news. For the whole race the "dogs were doing wonderfully." Yesterday afternoon they left Unalakleet checkpoints "happy as larks." Between Unalakleet and Shaktoolik the weather was very warm and they battled a huge storm. By the time they reached Shaktoolik they "looked like different dogs." They won't eat. It is still storming there. Worried that the dogs cannot keep up with the calorie demands required of them as they face the brutal coast and the sea ice in this storm, Brett has chosen to withdraw from the race. Brett is stunned that the situation turned so fast but feels that his dogs' health and safety are more important than a finish.

"We were doing so well. This is not how I expected things to turn out," he said to me over the phone with a tear-filled voice, "But I enjoyed the battle."
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Re: Scratches

Postby libby the lab » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:03 am

Lots of scratches now :cry:
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Re: Scratches

Postby Moose » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:30 am

Dang. Eight teams out.

And now No. 9. Bruggerman.
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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:45 am

And no word on Failor that I can find. I think he's been there almost 24 hrs. now? :?
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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:16 am

Ryan Redington scratches at Shaktoolik checkpoint
Nome, Alaska – Iditarod veteran musher Ryan Redington (bib #22), of Skagway, Alaska, scratched at the Shaktoolik checkpoint at 9:25 a.m. today.

Redington made the decision due to the well-being of his race team, which is his No.1 priority.

He had nine dogs with him at the time he decided to scratch.
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Re: Scratches

Postby Moose » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:29 am

Okay. For someone out of the loop, what the heck is going on out there? :o
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Re: Scratches

Postby elsietee » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:37 am

Just weird weather and tough trail finally caught up with everyone.
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Re: Scratches

Postby mira » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:11 pm

Lots of snow, warm weather, several mushers had to use kibble instead of meat because the meat thawed.
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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:02 pm

Failor is finally on the move!
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Re: Scratches

Postby flowerpower » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:13 pm

The trailing trio-Hardwick, Keller and Gallea-seem to be making very slow time from Eagle I to Koyuk. They've covered about 28 miles in 8 hours and are currently stopped.
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