I'm tired, sore, back hurts, had very little sleep. I had no idea how much work the volunteers did to start the race. Miles of orange plastic fence, hundreds of buckets filled with snow & water added to freeze & hold fence posts. But it was fun. -2 deg F at 6AM (when we started setting up today) but got up to about 20. I was overdressed & had to shed some layers (working hard I guess). Met many folks from "outside" Alaska. Florida, Arizona, Souther California & more who come up, volunteer to help. (many been doing it for years)
16 port-a-poties out on Willow lake. I started dragging one with a snow machine & heard a guy yell. I stopped but he couldn't get out cause I had a strap around it to toe it. He has a memorable Iditarod experience. I did let him out but he know now to lock the door so the flag turns red so you know it is in use.
thousands of spectators, crowd control,
over 1,000 dogs started the race, all barking & excited to go.
Then after the last musher left, tear it all down, haul it off the lake, load in big truck to go to the warehouse for use next year.
All the port-o-lets were much heavier to toe after the start, but no voices this time.
(Saturday from 9 am to 8 PM then Sunday from 6 AM to 8 PM for set up & tear down)
Any way, the mushers & dogs are officially "on the clock" now.
on right side click "current standings"
Birch: I've never been to Nome but what I hear is like you said.
Ralph: Plan a trip some year, you'll have lots of fun.
John: No Gov this time, I'll try to remember when I see her.
(Our Governor is prettier than your governor)
My wife sees her at the school sometimes, her daughter in my Granddaughter's class