Before I tell you all about the really fun trip we had down to Oregon, just wanted to update everyone on the race:
There are only three teams racing in the 200 mile event. There had been 5 teams, but I'm pretty sure that when they saw our big red truck pull up and got a look at the curly tails, one of the teams scratched and the other decided to run the 100 mile race.
Right now the Musher and Richard are running together and here are the standings:
|Musher||Start Time||Salt CreekMile 9||Ollokot |
|2 Richard Todd||13:03||14:05||18:40||21:39|
|3 Steve Madsen||13:06||14:04||19:05||22:56|
|4 Karen Ramstead||13:09||14:11||18:42||21:39|
So, our trip was pretty uneventful except after gassing up at one point the truck just lost its get up and go. I suggested that it would be faster to just hook the curly tails up and let them pull the truck the rest of the way while I steered, but the Musher managed to limp the truck into the friendly and helpful Joe Hall Ford Dealership, where we all were lavished with praise and goodies, and the Musher put on the charm and the service people pulled the truck right in to take a look at it.
Of course, the curly tails had their own ideas about what was going on, and tried to be helpful so the repairs would get done quicker.
I decided that it would be best for me to lounge in the lounge (what else would one do in a room called a lounge?) so I could better guard the truck.
It turns out that the truck's computer was fried... I told the Musher she needed to go with a Mac instead of a PC, but nobody ever listens to me. The repair guys managed to duct tape it back together to last until we get home again, and then off we went to the race.
Of course everyone flocked to the truck when we arrived because they had never seen such a wonderful Border Collie truck guarder before... ok fine, they wanted to see the curly tails.
The start was a bit warm with temps over 10C (that's 50 degrees F for you non-metric types), but the Helen Handler (who still smells like cookies) hopes that the temps will drop as the mushers climb in altitude.
Helen Handler is taking pictures, but they had to use her camera cord thing to fix the truck... or she forgot it or something, so we'll get you some pictures of the action soon.
Oh, and for those of you who participated in the "guess the last 5 dogs" contest:
Crunchie, Barq, Charge, Wolvie, and Q
After my nap I'll announce the winner!