Martin Buser appears to be taking a long rest in Rohn, likely 24 hours, which will have him leaving in the heat of the day, which is certainly a negative in warm temperatures. Several other teams are leaving Rohn this evening after a short rest. In recent years, many have gone through to Nicholai without a major stop. Many of the main contenders have now arrived in Rohn, or will shortly.
This next run is the one that starts to sort out the contenders from the pretenders. Most years, the first few teams that leave Nicholai are the teams to beat. And of those teams the ones with the best travel times to Takotna move to the top of my list. The Farewell burn is no longer the challenge it was in the early years after the fire, as much of the downed timber and stumps have disappeared. In much of Alaska fires create a real mess by burning the roots of trees partially as the tundra burns, allowing the trees to blow down easily in later years. Now young trees are growing in the burn and the trail is much easier to follow as well.
John Baker made an impressive run today. At my last writing he was languishing at the rear of the contenders, but a more or less non-stop push from that point will have him in Rohn shortly. He is certainly within striking distance of the leaders, but there will be a bunch more catching up to do.
Myron Angstman, lawyer, pilot, and dog musher, lives in Bethel, Alaska. Read more about dogs, law suits and rural Alaska gossip by checkinghttp://www.myronangstman.com/