Saturday March 18 743A AKDT
Talked with Trent briefly yesterday after the team was fed and bedded down in the dog yard after the race. He said the trail was fantastic and they all had a great race and great camping trip. He thought trail surfaces were pretty hard early in the race and he had a lot of wrist and shoulder challenges on the team. He had to leave two of the best leaders Scott and Caribou at Checkpoint #3 in Tanana and four others very close to the end. The sizes of the teams at the finishing line were definitely smaller this year. Trent crossed the finish line with 8 dogs; Ayn, Blast, Percy, Hornet, Mary, Ruby, Boole, and Gordon.
It was Trent's 10th 1000 mile finish; his 9th Iditarod and he he completed the Yukon Quest in 2012 in his only try there. Ten for ten.
Picture of Trent and Ayn at the Burled Arch. Ayn made it! It was her seventh Iditarod finish and the fifth she made with Trent. She's off to a retirement as the Herbst house pet.
Picture of Trent the dog yard after getting the team fed and down for a good nap. Note they are all strawed in, in the bottom half of travel kennels!