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.
Day 2 in Whitehorse! We have one more day before the start of the race on Saturday. Today Dave had his mushers meeting where all the 1000 mile race mushers are brought up to date on trail conditions, check points, vet information and so much more. Mushers also have the opportunity to ask questions on any topic they may have concerns about. After the meeting Dave got to meet his “rider”, the person who donates to get a chance to ride in the basket of the sled, at the start of the race. This year his rider is a wonderful fan named Rhonda from Tasmania! Dave meet her back in 2015 on one of his glacier tours. Rhonda will be following the whole race and supporting the Dalton Gang!
The banquet was a blast, as always! The organizers and volunteers really put time and effort for a wonderful evening. Dave got on stage and pulled bib #12! This had to be a highlight for Dave, since he is a die hard Patriot fan, and Tom Brady’s jersey number is #12! This also means Dave will be on the higher side of the middle of the pack, of 30 MUSHERS!! 😀 Tomorrow will a down day for rest and getting last minute stuff together, before the big day! 2019 1000 mile mushers
Dave, the gang, Veronica and Mike got a good night’s rest at a good friend Lee’s house. Then they all where up bright and early to get the dogs stretched out, potty time and food and water in puppy dogs bellies. They then packed up their personal belonings and last minute stuff, headed out for a comforting breakfast and a good bye and thank you to Lee before the long haul to Whitehorse. The 14 dogs on Daves Team are:🐶
- Doc/ Woody
- Grizzly/ Waylon
- Caesar/ Yogi
- Frasier/ Norm
- Cheeto/ Butch
- Spinner/ Polar
- Kitty/ Phloen
Dave, his handler Veronica, and 16 members of the gang went on a 40 mile training run before the big trip to Whitehorse on Tuesday. The dogs did great and Dave and Veronica realized the dogs needed less brakes and rest then they did! The sun was shining bright, dogs where signing with their tails up high and what treat to see a small heard of caribou! Dave will have his team narrowed down to 14. I will post the update and names on Tuesday. 🐶