Other than Hugh Neff, no one seemed to be in any particular hurry to leave the checkpoint at Carmacks. After giving his team a solid six hours of rest Hugh left the checkpoint about a quarter after 3pm. Allen Moore, in second place, left the checkpoint more than two hours behind the leader and has apparently dropped a dog at the checkpoint. Jake Berkowitz, who had already served his mandatory layover in Braeburn, blazed through, stopping for only 5 minutes. Currently in fourth place, Scott Smith also did a very quick check in / check out. Brent Sass had no choice but to wait out his mandatory layover but he is scheduled to leave even as I am writing.
Based on the weather reports I'm seeing, it's very warm out on the trail this evening, with temperatures around 25 degrees above zero and fresh snow is falling. I wouldn't think anyone would be pushing their dogs particularly hard in those conditions.
I'm surprised at how spread out the mushers are this evening. I would have expected them to be much closer. Well, we all know how good (not) I am at predicting sled dog races, eh?