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Did anyone see the 1 hour special on the Iditerod last night. Silly question it was on from 8-9PM. I taped it and hopefully I can see it tonight when there is no Yankee competition.
That race fascinates me.
Nome - I gotta tell you this story. A few years ago, we were cross-country skiing in the heart of the Adirondacks. We stopped to rest on a small frozen pond in the middle of nowhere, and it happened to be the crossing for a dog-sled race, and they had markers all over the place where the sleds entered and exited the ice. So, we watched for a while as each team of dogs ran by. Well, for some reason, one team of dogs came directly at us instead of staying on the trail, and the rider had to stop them and get them going the right way. THEN, he mistakes me for a race worker and starts yelling for me to help him out while he turns the dogs around and gets them going straight. So, I did what he told me and held his sled while he turned the dogs around. As soon as the dogs were straight, they took off with me in the sled! So, there I am in this thing ripping down the pond and the rider is running 30 yards behind me yelling at the top of his lungs to step on the brake. I looked back at him, "WHAT BRAKE? WHERE'S THE BRAKE?" He screamed "ON THE FLOOR". And there on the bottom is a wooden pedal that drives a stake into the ice and slows the sled down. Man, was he pissed when he caught up to me. Later on, we drove to the end of the race and I found him and explained the situation. He was nice about it - told me that the dogs thought we were trail workers too and that's why they ran towards us.
04-17-01, 03:30 AM
North to Alaska?!
Speaking of that state, is that the origin of your name, the city there?? I always wondered.
BTW, that race is having problems with warming. Crossing frozen rivers is becoming more hazardous with the thinner ice.
Yes, I've been up to Alaska four times with a fifth this September.
I have been fascinated by the Iditerod for about 20 years. Hence "Nome"
04-17-01, 08:08 PM
I love those sled dogs. They look so happy running.
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