Dave,Veronica and Lee at the finishing banquet🐶A great picture of Dave’s #1 fan and rider from a few years back and Donna from the vet team!! This picture is great! Dave preparing for his banquet finish speech! 🐕
Things have calmed down now since dave crossed the finish line. The dogs are getting some great rest and eating well. It’s relax time till the summer, when they head out to Juneau for the glacier tours, but that’s all fun! 🐶 Dave is feeling great also and really happy with what his dogs have accomplished this particular race.
Here are a few pictures from meet the mushers. Check out the big smile of Dave’s!! Way to go!!! 🐕🐕
Dave finished in 15th place! The dogs are looking great and so proud of the rookies who will be super stars next year!! Doc and spinner did wonderful as leaders, back and forth, and got the team up and over Eagle summit and horrific, challenging Rosebud! Dave did amazing with what he was delt with and I bet is already sleeping away in a comfortable bed! Veronica was a wonderful handler with the help of Dave’s great friend, Lee! Im sure pictures will be posted in a day or two.
Dave at the finish line and sleepy Butch💙🐕
Talking with Veronica, the long drive to Circle went well. They got a chance to stop at Lee’s, Dave amazing friend who also has been involved with the quest, to drop off some stuff from the Yukon side. They got a little rest then off to Circle. When they arrived they got information that Dave dropped two gang members, Frasier and Yogi. The dogs are doing good and getting lots of love from the amazing vet team! Don’t worry, the dogs are doing good! Now the handlers patiently wait on Dave and the 11 gang members to make their way into Circle. Dave is just over 10miles out. 🐕
Update: Dave made it into Circle!! Dave got some rest in Circle about 6hrs, then packed up and was ready to go with the gang around 11:30pm yesterday. They are expecting Dave around 6pm tonight in Central . There has been a weather warning issued for the drive back over Eagle summit that will close the rd down. Once Dave gets into Cental, they will have to make a plan, the handlers, about the drive back. Dave will also have to access the conditions and see how long he needs to rest or go through in Central. 🐕
Update: Dave made his way into Central, after 2:30 pm, in a great mood and all smiles!! He rested for a few more hours and then the gang was off to 101! Dave was not worried with the weather reports because his dogs have experienced high winds and unpredictable weather before. Looks like he has a few other mushers around him🐶
Update: Dave made it to 101 around 1:30am. Took a short brake then they where back on the trail. Dave’s plan was to get up and over Rosebud summit before the winds really picked up, then rest in the other side. Looks like he might of not rested. Dave and the gang are 3hrs out of Two Rivers.
Update: I’m going to start by saying Dave told Veronica and Lee, when he came into Two Rivers, that this run had to be the toughest run from 101 to Two Rivers he has ever endured. It took Dave and the amazing gang 15hrs to to 28miles!! The Blizzard came in strong and Dave and Martin traveled together. Martin told Dave his GPS kept saying 48miles because he was always looking for the trail!! Martin got 12hrs of rest and left. Dave rested for a while also and is about to leave. Dave will have to “Beat” the trail because it has snowed since Martin left. Thank goodness this trail is the last leg, and Dave said he is going to take it nice and steady and slow. I am so proud of the gang for being in such great shape and motivaded and a huge acknowledgment to Dave! 🐶🐕
Here is a picture from Two Rivers! The picture shows the 4 amazing rookies that will make it to the finish line!! Phloem (left)with Kitty (right) in wheel and Cheetos (left)and Butch (right) in team. Way to go gang!! 💙🐕
Dave and the gang are ready to go! At 8:48pm, Yukon time, they left the chute and are headed to the Alaska side. Dave and the dogs had a great 36hr rest. Dave has 13 dogs now since Polar was dropped, and now getting pamered by the handlers, I’m sure! How could you not with his baby blue eyes, his soft ears, and sweet disposition. The Handlers now have a bit of time to rest themselves, before breaking down the tent and cleaning up the camp site. After that they will get on the road, for the long ride to Circle.🐕
Dave patiently waiting to leave
Dave arrived in Dawson this morning. The gang came prancing in with wagging tails and busy smelling all the “smells” from the other teams. Spinner was still in lead with Frasier and Norm still in swing. It looked like in the video that two rookies where in wheel. Dave mentioned in his interview, he had an extra rider 🐶driving with him for 75miles. I found out from Veronica Dave dropped veteran Polar in Scroggie. Hes doing great, nothing wrong with him, just got tired. Dave also mentioned the trail conditions where excellent, one of the better trails he has ever seen. Now it’s time to get the dogs checked by the vet team, get some food in their bellies and much needed rest. Dave will also get a warm meal and rest himself. Now its “go time” for handlers Veronica and Mike, as they can now step in and take care of the dogs while Dave gets rest, fixes up sled, visits some gang sponcers and fans, and gets his next strategy in order. 🐕
Update: Here are a few pictures added. Frasier getting his vet check, Grizzly laying on his team mate Waylon, and the pups tucked in. 🐕
Update: I posted some more great pictures when Dave arrived in Dawson and the dogs resting. I heard that all the dogs are still getting rest, eating, and stretching their legs. Dave has also caught up on need sleep. Look at the intensity in Docs eyes after the came in to Dawson, and handsome Polar looking bright eyed and rested. Oh, and check out that awesome blanket on him!! 🐶
Carmacks: Dave got some good rest once they got into Carmacks and settled in. His departure time was 1130am on the dot!
In Carmacks AND the next check point Pelly, the mushers can add dogs to the line. Dave added Spinner to lead, to give Doc and Woody some rest; they are now in the team position in front of the wheel.
McCabe/ Pelly: Dave had a good rest in McCabe, handlers are thinking he should arrive in Pelly around midnight. The four rookies that have been resting should be added to the team in Pelly!🐶
Update: Dave and the gang came into Pelly about midnight. They rested some more. All 14! dogs and Dave where ready to go . Next stop scroggie before Dawson! In Dawson they will have there 36hr mandatory rest.
Dawson: Veronica and Mike made it to Dawson. They got Dave’s drop bags, headed to the camp ground to set up the dog tent so it’s ready for the dogs to rest for 36hrs. Around 5pm today 2/5, Dave was about 70miles out from Dawson. They are expecting his arrival tomorrow morning. The temperature in Dawson is around 8- below, which isn’t that bad. Rhonda, Dave’s rider from the start, and her friends got to check out the dog tent and help lay down straw with Dave’s handler Veronica (she got the ok from race officials). They all had a fun time and where so excited to help out! How exciting!!
It’s go time for Dave and the gang!! The day started off early this morning with last minute preps, and then headed into Whitehorse for the start of the race. All 9 dogs where eager to go and more than ready in the chute! I even noticed watching it live from Fairbanks, Woody (lead dog) turned around and gave Frasier an ear full! Maybe it was a pep talk! Doc was also in lead, with Frasier and Norm inswing. Polar was the only wheel dog and was chattering away, lound and clear, ready to go!! The take off looked nice and smooth for them all. The tracker is keeping Dave up to date, and by the looks of it, the dogs are moving quick and steady! Dave is right up there in the pack. I’m thinking they should be arriving in Braeburn before midnight. The gang will most likely get in the truck right away and head out to Carmacks. Definitely a little different this year; Safety of the dogs and mushers due to trail conditions and lack of snow. I’m pretty sure Daves handlers will be orderibg him a juicy cheeseburger and fries, so he has a good meal in the truck on the way to Carmacks. 🐶Dave, his rider Rhonda in the bag, and handler Veronica on the sled.