Howdy all from the halfway point of the Yukon Quest!
My checkout time is in just four hours and I can't sleep
here's a quick note-
I got here with ten strong dogs. A few nicks and
but all manageable, small things that aren't affecting
performance or attitude. I however have had a fever and
a bead case
of food poisoning. That's been a major challenge for
me. It's hard
to keep your sprits high when you feel so physically
low. Thank God
for my iPod. Music is a major crutch for me out on the
The trail has been amazingly tough. At times on the
Yukon River you
could look as far as you could see ahead and behind and
markers and no trail. That is very mentally draining
for the team,
especially leaders. My most reliable leaders (Stump
and Mugs) have
had to do most of the hard work out there on the river.
hope to be able to get them some more time out of lead
now that we
are going to be on more overland trail and back in the
should raise the attitude of the whole team who are as
sick of being
on that big, mean river as I am. This second half
should be much
easier, but very warm temperatures will slow our fuzzies
sure. It was sixty below a couple of days ago back on
and they say it will reach freezing or above this week
for a range of
nearly 100 degrees in this race!! I can't say how
we'll do from
here out, especially with the warmth, but the vets were
impressed with the team when I got in here and our run
been very competitive. If I hadn't had to turn around
Hawkeye back to Circle and the needed to add a whole
cycle to my race I could be at least 12 hours ahead of
where we are.
I hope that the strength and good attitude of the team
eventually make up for it. Dawson has been great to
and eat big. Sue, Scott, and Moe have done most of the
across the river at the dog camp while Tom, Linda, and
have kept me fed and in good company. Gerry helped alot
with my sled
repairs and it's as ready for the second half as it can
all!! Whitehorse, here we come!!!!!
Take care and thank you for your support - Mike.
Mike at the start.
Crossing American Summit.
Resting on the nice Yukon River
Jumbled ice, open leads on the
Top of Eagle Summit.