Bet here, broadcasting live from the massive nerve center of the BCBC (Border Collie Broadcasting Center), also known as the Cloud.
The Musher reports that the locals are very friendly, and tried to throw a party in her room... very late at night... ok, so maybe they thought her room was their room, details are sketchy, we'll have more after this commercial break:
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The first day of the run was for a total of 50 miles, with the first 20 miles in hard packed trails, then 10 miles of hard pack and wind blown trails, and the last 20 miles were breaking wind swept trails, so breaking trails seem to be the theme for this winter!
The Musher had Dasher and Jinx in the lead of the rest of the boys, with Richard and the estrogen express led by Bang and Meg for the first 25 miles, then See and Rocket bringing them in the rest of the way.
There were no teams between the Musher and Richard and the trails had blown in quite a bit in that time, so it was equally hard for both teams to break trails. The Musher came in at 3:30, with Richard in about an hour and half later. The Musher feels that since she has a more powerful team of bigger boys, that gave her the advantage... plus Richard's team wanted to stop and do some shopping, craved chocolate, broke out into the "Electric Slide" at a moment's notice, and all had to go to the bathroom as one huge group. The mushers closer behind Richard's team were very impressed with the Pretty Sled Dogs and their ability to break trail.
Both the Musher and Richard are very happy with their team's performances, despite the blowing trails and the very VERY cold -25 degree weather.... makes me cold just thinking of it.
More news later!