|BOB HALLINEN — Anchorage Daily News|
As mushers trickle into Nome for the next couple of days, so will stories of turmoil about what will be remembered as one of the worst trails in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race history.
Aside from the top story -- fierce winds forcing Jeff King to scratch within the final 25 miles, giving Dallas Seavey the opportunity to pass Aliy Zirkle in Safety and capture his second title in three years -- there are the tales of dogs that led their masters and masters who led their dogs across treacherous terrain.
"This was one trip I never thought was going to end," said hometown hero Aaron Burmeister, 38, born and raised in Nome, told the crowd that gathered on Front Street on Tuesday to watch him finish. "It was one thing after another."
If there was one common denominator among these words of woe, it was the story of bravery -- dogs pulling drivers and drivers pulling dogs through brutally strong winds and across slippery glare ice along the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula.
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