Draco will be dropped in Nikolia, he's just not pulling. The Vets can't find anything wrong with him, he's the biggest dog on the team and Karen doesn't want to take the risk of having to bag him. The good news is that everyone else is working so hard that Karen say's that he isn't needed.
Karen will blow through McGrath and take her 24 hour break in Takotna. Her run times between checkpoints have been faster than 2004, she's been taking longer rests at checkpoints and is still pretty much on schedule. We discussed some of the times that were posted on the Iditarod website and it sounds like some of the information has been wrong.
Karen's average speed through the early checkpoints during the 2004 Iditarod:
|Yenta||Skwentna||Finger Lake||Rainy Pass||Rohn||Nikolai|
Karen said that Jeff Schultz was in Nikolai taking pictures of Dasher and of Karen's new souvenir. After successfully negotiating the Steps and the Gorge, Karen was crossing a frozen swamp when one of her sled runners caught a rut and she flipped her sled. While on her side she managed to slam her face into a tree. The picture of Karen's black-eye should be in tomorrows newspaper.
|Pos||Musher||Checkpoint||Time In||Time Out||Dogs||Rest||Travel||Previous |
|56||Karen Ramstead/76||Nikolai||3/08 08:05:00||3/08 14:15:00||14||6:10||15:43||Rohn||3/07 16:22:00||5.90||24 8|
Karen's brother Jim shared with the NorthWapiti Yahoo NewsGroup the identity of a second dog that was dropped - Surge.