On the trail - Angle Creek to Central
Nevertheless this times on held on my plan and left the checkpoint after 6 hours and so I left the checkpoint at around 6.26 in the morning, with only 13 dogs. The sled was quite to heavy, particularly with a whole Cooler full of fish soup, which I wanted to give to the dogs before the Rosebutt Summit. But the attempt was again unsuccessful. The Rosebutt Summit was steeply and long, however without large problems on the top it has no snow and it was quite stony. On the half way to 101 I tried again to give my fish soup to the dogs, again unsuccessfully. I was so frustrated that I dumped it out, pulled everything over the Summit for nothing. Thus could not continue linke this with the food. Now there was only one variant, drive the dogs hard and make them hopefully hungry. We continued without stop until Mile 101 where we arrived at 12.23 and I consciously didn't fed them directly, they shall become hungry, the monsters. The Trail after 101 was extremely bad, only one ice plate for the last 2 miles, only few Trailmarker, but how can you get them in the ice. I took all the booties off, so that they have at least some grip.
Although I wanted to reste 6 hours in Mile 101, but then I decided to drive the Eagle Summit in the daylight and after a only 4,30 hours break I left briefly before 17 o'clock from Mile 101 again, just after an aqueous feeding (and look there, everyone took it). In Mile 101 I experienced that William, the running favorite, was already out of the race because of a broken thigh, on a ice plate. Also Jack Berry I meet again, to scratch. I left Mile 101 again without booties, because the ice plate seemed to go further, but it was not so bad. The rise to the Summit was better than expected, it is not so steep from this side. Then 2 photographers welcomed me above, seemed to me rather unreal. The downhill is simply the hammer, unbelievably steep, but at least with very good hard snow for braking. I run nearly out of force, until it became finally flatter and the trail turns diagonally to the right, no longer so steep, then a short piece more or less evenly, before it goes again steeply downhill, more badly however on this piece still with sidehill. I had to watch, how Frank Turner overturned several times and then lost his sled, which ran leaderless into the depth, Frank followed as fast as he could. Downhill there were 2 teams, Franks team drove into the last sled with full force, however they stopped, but it went still downhill. I have tried to stop far above again and again, but it didn'n really work, the dogs wanted further and each small jerk and they went immediately downhill, I let me partially sharpen on the side, in order to become slower. Franks and 2nd team, which belonged to Michelle Hopkins, were still tangled when I arrived, and it was not possible for me to stop, so my dogs ran into Michelles. Poor Michelle. So fast it I could I cutted through all neck- and tuglines involved in the tangle then past both teams and druve into the flatter, to sort them later on. Frank and Michelle come also soon, and it looked like they didn't had large damage, luck. Unfortunately I did not have booties on the dogs and had to put them on for all 13 dogs and on that few km without booties Libby got a heavy tear into the left front paw, which should give me problems for the whole race. Otto had swollen paws, also like Herring. Unfortunately the two largest dogs and I had only medium size booties, into which the paws did not fit any longer. Everything rubbed in with Algyval. Frank and Michelle got impatient and passed me and two other teams passed me too, aghhh. Suddenly it became very cold, my thermometer went to 35� minus, and the red line was not be seen any longer. So I had to put on covers and bellywarmers to all the dogs, spending ever more time on the Trail, over a half an hour. But then they run like the devil to Central, I passed Marcel and Michelle. In order to keep them hungry, I didn't give them a snack. The way on a river seemed to me eternally, but around 20.55 I arrived at Central, there a got a good parking lot beside Hans Gatt.
Marmot had a easily swallen ankle in the left front paw, also Libby`s left front paw looked not so good, those from Otto and Herring was also still swollen, all other dogs was fit. Gisela and Dieter had also arrived at Central and waited for me, they are not allowed to help. I had prepared 2 Cooler in the sled, to one with aqueous dryfooder the other one with aqueous horse meat and look at that my taktik had worked, for the first time both Coolers became empty.
From down my dogs lay on straw, and from above I had covered them with Fleece covers, so that they don't lose too much warmth. Only Wondar refused being covered, and which should remain the whole race, only if I have sneaked up to him, while he slept deeply, I could put the cover over him. In Central we mushers got a steak dinner, that was exactely what I needed now. Also we had a super house for sleeping where I layed with Thomas, Michelle and John Schandelmeier in a room, the bell turn on for 3 o'clock. Before the departure I massed all the dogs, puttedn them booties on, Otto and Herrings paws fit so straight into the medium, I absolutely need some large.