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Jan 29, 2014

Jackie and the dogs in AlaskaThe big drive to Fairbanks today.  6 of us crammed into the cab of the dog truck; and 14 dogs safely in the back!

Heading out the door in the darkness, we were treated to a brief view of Mt McKinley in the sunrise.

Jan 28, 2014

Trimming dog toe nails in AlaskaFrom my observations, none of the mushers have good trucks. They’re all pretty munted from the hard road conditions.  So it’s a marvellous thing that first prize for the Iditarod every year is a new truck!

Jan 27, 2014

Steve Gurney and the sled dogs in AlaskaThe truck went in for servicing and a check-up.  They found the water pump was on its way out so replaced that, (phew!)

But they couldn’t replace the rusted bolts so did a weld patch-up.

Still worried, so I’ve put together a big tool kit.

Jan 26, 2014

Ken the neighbour took us on a day trip to the quaint wee town of Talkeetna.

Hoping to get a glimpse of Mt McKinley, but too cloudy.

Saw a cool quote:

“Many towns are mountain towns with a drinking problem, but Talkeetna is a drinking town with a mountain problem”

Jan 25, 2014

Dog Truck in AlaskaThe running step fell off the truck today. Checked underneath to see why and to my horror, found some pretty serious rust!

In the icy winter, many USA counties sprinkle salt on the road to melt the snow and improve grip. This results in some accelerated ageing of many vehicles.