(Finger Lake, AK) - The word from Iditarod mushers resting here is that the trail is hard and fast, and some are finding it difficult to keep their teams from speeding. (Going too fast now could derail carefully planned tactics later down the trail.)
The ice made it a challenge to put on the brakes, said many, including Willow racer Justin Savidis.
Savidis said he’s been standing on the brakes for much of the race.
“I’ve been on the drag since I left Willow,” Savidis said. “The trick is to keep them to 10 mph. It’s a lot of work.”
“It’s too easy to injure dogs in these conditions, and yourself,” he added. “There’s no sense in taking too much out of the tank right now.”
|BOB HALLINEN — Anchorage Daily News|