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    Today most Fairbanks area mushers headed south to Whitehorse to start the fun & festivities of the Yukon Quest. Wednesday is the vet check in the morning and the Meet the Mushers event in the evening. Thursday is a day of meetings for the handlers and mushers. That evening is the start banquet where the mushers will draw their bib numbers. Friday is a down day and Saturday, February 5th, is the start of the Yukon Quest! Since the checkpoint I work is on the US side, the mushers wont be comming in until the 13 or 14th. I'm leaving here on the 12th. We'll have a crew party that night with a big shrimp boil and a few libations.

    I can hardly wait! My fellow Mile 101 crewmember and communications guru is going to try to bring a laptop for me to borrow. Even if he doesn't, I will be able to jump on someone's occassionally for a personal update. If you are really interested you can follow on Facebook.
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    Take care out there, if you have a cam. take some pic's.

    Its supposed to snow, then get cold.

    ( Love the shrimp fest, or the thought of it, lol)

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    Here's some pictures from last year. I'll have time to take more pictures this year since it starts in Whitehorse so by the time the teams get to 101, they'll be more spread out.
    http://cloud9doula.wordpress.com/201...on-quest-2010/
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    Ah, brings back memories of being on the trail and helping out at safety and checkpoints and seeing it all happen! Lots of work, little sleep, but always so much fun.

    We will be listening to the ham radio bands and helping pass traffic from home once the mushers get to the Eagle-Circle area. Eagle has so much town noise it is hard to get a decent signal in and out to Fairbanks on HF so we will be standing by to help out if we can.

    If you get a chance to see Head Vet Alan Hallman...give him him a big old hug from Lori!

    Have a great race everyone.
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    Oh that's cool Lori. Tell Scarlett at Eagle I said hi! Have fun with the communication assists!
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    It looks like the weather is pretty warm in Whitehorse today, above freezing, but will cool down before Saturday. Are the trail conditions favorable for the teams?
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    Not sure how Whitehorse is looking as far as trail conditions. But, from what I have heard from a friend in Dawson they got an early big dump of snow this winter so I would think they are OK there and on into at least Circle City. Plenty of snow along the Yukon River in AK I'd think, unless it blew off the past few days when we had a heavy blow. Haven't heard of major jumble ice this year from locals, but of course that also changes from bend to bend and seems there are always those bad places where it notoriously jams up during freezup every year. Not sure how Fairbanks and the summits before there are...My mushing friends in Fairbanks have complained some about not having enough for much of the winter, more so after the big rain/ice storm a couple months ago. It's a long race so the conditions are certain to vary from area to area. Guess we will find out as the mushers pass through and we get reports and pictures.

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    Trail conditions on this side are sounding pretty good. I'll check my sources who are out there right now and get back to you.
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    The first mushers have made it into the first checkpoint, Braeburn. There is a mandatory 4 hour layover here and this is where their start times will be adjusted.
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    The mushers and teams are cruising, fast race so far...the trail must be excellent!

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    Yea fast! I hope I don't have to go up to 101 on Friday night. I don't want to make that drive alone in the dark.
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    Oh, yeah that isn't an easy drive to there, more so in the dark! Maybe you can find a friend to tag along...or someone else from the race?
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    Yea think I have found a caravaning partner, a photographer friend going up to photograph the race.
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    As the race moves down the Yukon River, most mushers will stop at Slaven's Roadhouse in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve for a meal, a warmup and maybe a dog drop. The links below tell a little bit more about this historic location and there are links for info on doing your own dog trip in the preserve.

    http://www.nps.gov/yuch/historyculture/yukon-quest.htm
    http://www.nps.gov/yuch/historycultu...sroadhouse.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    Yea think I have found a caravaning partner, a photographer friend going up to photograph the race.
    Fantastic! They are heading your way with close to half the mushers out of Dawson this am. Might be slow going over American summit with all this blow we've had this past week.

    Just about time to tune up the ham radio and start listening in to the race traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
    Yea think I have found a caravaning partner, a photographer friend going up to photograph the race.
    Fantastic! They are heading your way with close to half the mushers out of Dawson this am. Might be slow going over American summit with all this blow we've had this past week.

    Just about time to tune up the ham radio and start listening in to the race traffic.

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    Ugh, so dang excited to get there. I have an out of town guest visiting till tomorrow or I would have already left!
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    From the YQFB page:
    Results from Eagle checkpoint. Ham radio operators Myles Thomas and David Costello receive the official times of mushers in from the checkpoint manager. They send a digital packet from the computer through the HF radio with a program called WinLink and it sends it digitally as a text message over the air to Fairbanks. Fairbanks sends an acknowledgment back that the packet has been received.
    Young Wade Marrs was going up and down the river in about a 10 mile area. I don't know if he thought he missed the turn up off the river or if he lost a dog. Josh Cadzow is about to catch up with him so we'll see if that helps.
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    1stimestar, Sure glad you are going with another vehicle...Conditions don't sound good up the Steese right now and folks are following the snow plows to get through. That could change as it is supposed to get colder tomorrow night (yeah, cold just in time for your stay at 101 <smile>).

    The ham radio bands have been poor and so far no contact with folks in Eagle, but they may be more turned into the Winlink packet frequencies rather than the voice one. Of course not like the old days when there was no internet, and just one satellite phone in Eagle (and other villages) that were not dependable. So the ham radio is more of a historic novelty now a days. Still, it is great that the Arctic Amateur Radio Club from Fairbanks is still involved and volunteering!

    The race is getting interesting with Hugh making it through the storm and over the pass into Eagle well before the next group. There was quite a blow and snow last night and I really feel for the mushers who were hunkered down up there on top for the night.

    Take care
    1stimestar on the drive up to 101. Have a great time and don't get too cold!
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    Default got to listen to this

    This is a great (and emotional) listen...
    http://aprn.org/2011/02/11/weather-h...-quest-racers/

    Just one of the reasons I think the Yukon Quest is the toughest sled dog race there is.

    Glad everyone is safe.
    Mush on!

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