Iditarod prep

We were between Eagle River and Anchorage when we saw a pickup with an interesting load.

Mounds of colorful bulging feed sacks. Labelled with place names: McGrath, Rohn, Rainy Pass.

Hey! We recognize those names!

I speculate this was the feed, labelled by checkpoint, for a sled dog team competing in the upcoming Iditarod sled dog race.

Look how full that truck is. Imagine how hard those dogs work, the vast quantities of calories those magnificent furry athletes burn each day. Contemplate the sheer amount of detailed planning that takes place for each entrant, the logistics of ensuring all the critical supplies get to the right places at the right time.

Wow. Getting everything ready to run is a marathon of epic proportion all by itself.

We are so fortunate to be able to watch the ceremonial start downtown. It’s always exciting and interesting and fun.

Hope their food makes it safe and that the dogs eat with good appetite.


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