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Jan 24, 2014

The rain stopped, the sun came out, and we dodged huge puddles of melting snow.

To be honest, it’s a bit depressing.  The talk around town is nothing but the weather, and whether the weather will get cold in time for the race.

The Northern Lights 300 mile race scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled, and we’re hoping like crazy that the Yukon Quest will still go ahead.

Curt and Fleur have to make the 13 hour return trip to Fairbanks tomorrow for a vet-check on 16 dogs.

Jan 23, 2014

Showers have turned to solid rain and the temperature has risen to a toastie 9 degrees.

We head out to Lance MacKay’s mum’s (Cathy) shed in the nearby town of Wasilla to use her Meat saw and chiller to prepare our race checkpoint drop –bags. (Lance is the legend of sled-dog racing)

But more importantly, her shed provided welcome respite from the persistent rain. Talk is rampant around town about the unseasonal warm weather, equalling the record from 1973.

Jan 23, 2014

Organisation day today. Its too wet to run the dogs, the trails have turned to slush, so the plan is to sort the race “Drop Bags” (Check point bags of necessaries).

Jan 23, 2014

Doggy Yawn in AlaskaAnother big day, but a very productive one. A huge amount of time taken to organise the bags – between 4 and 6 people working constantly for almost 12 hours and the bags are only partially completed!

Jan 22, 2014

Rain overnight has frozen to ice… it’s too dangerous for training.

We spend the day doing some race preparation.

Curt, Fleur and Block (one of the leader dogs) coach us through some of the preparations for the race and transitions and equipment.

It was interesting to learn the specific nuances and personalisation that show the obvious care that Curt and Fleur have for their team.