Sunday, February 6, 2011

YQ Evening Report

This is going to be short, as I really need to crawl into the rack and get some sleep.  It's also pretty simple as just happens that 10 teams left the Carmacks checkpoint and are now en route to the McCabe Creek Dog Drop and then to Pelly Crossing. 

True to form, Hugh Neff was the first musher to leave the checkpoint, resting his team only 5 1/2 hours.  Sebastian Schnuelle, who apparently rested his team on the way to the checkpoint, spent only 15 minutes in Carmacks, and hit the trail less than an hour behind Neff.  Hans Gatt also saddled up after 5 1/2 hours and left within 15 minutes of Sab, leading a group of back-to-back departees that included Brent Sass, Allen Moore, Wade Marrs and Michelle Phillips.  Ken Anderson, Dan Kaduce and Josh Cadzow round out this evening's Top-10.

The dial-up connection in my sleeping room here at work is agonizingly slow tonight, but a not-so-quick glance at the Live Tracking page shows that Hugh is still running like a rabbit, maintaining a sizable lead ahead of Hans Gatt.  Allen is currently close behind Hans.  Wade Marrs, who is down to 11 dogs is running with Michelle Phillips a couple of miles behind Hans.

In the Yukon Quest 300, Gerry Willowmitzer and Ed Hopkins are both in Carmacks, currently all by themselves as the others follow out on the trail.  We'll have a much better feel for how that race is progressing in the morning. 

Meanwhile, it's time for me to hit the rack.  I hope you have a great night and sleep well.  Don't forget to offer a prayer for those out on the trail. 

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