|Otter enjoying the Jr. Iditarod trip in style|
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tomorrow the 19th from 10am to 2pm, me, my mom, my dad, and the dogs will be at Dee-O-Gee pet store on Main Street in Bozeman. All Go! products will be on sale and all the money made from selling these products will go towards off-setting the expenses from Jr. Iditarod and towards new equipment for next year. I will have posters there to sign, and one of the pups can even sign some. Please come down if you can and meet me and the family and get some good food or treats for your pet too!
On Sunday, we made it to the top of 4th of July Pass in Idaho to meet Josi Thyr, fellow jr. musher, for a 15 mile run on her trail. She ran 12 dogs and I ran 8; Otter, Bella, Alice, Cessena, Jasper, Emmett, Kaycee, and Super Cub. It was a beautiful, sunny, clear day and being on top of the pass, you could see out across the mountains. The run was going very well until about 7 miles into it when my brake came off. Now let me go back and explain a little. The last 8 or so mile in Jr. Race to the Sky, I was having difficulty slowing the team down and something didn't feel right about the sled when I was using the brake. After the race when I checked over my sled, I found that my brake only had about 1 mile left in it before it would come off. The bolt that connects the brake bar to angle-iron on the runner had worn the angle-iron so that the bolt could slide out. Dad solved this problem by putting bigger washers on the bolt. Thankfully, Chris Adkins, a musher from Montana who ran the Iditarod last year and the RTTS 350 this year, let me borrow his sled for the Jr. Iditarod. He had offered to do this before my sled had broken, and I thought my sled would be fine for Jr. Iditarod, so I was going to stick with my own sled for the Jr. Idit because I was familiar with it. After trying Chris's sled out up at Alaska, I made the decision that I liked it better than mine and would use it in the race. That sled did well with no problems. When we came to run with Josi, I was going to use Chris's sled, but decided to use mine since it had been neglected and was heavier (which I wanted since I didn't know the trail and just wanted to take it a little slower than usual) So, when the brake came off, I saw that the nut on the bolt had come off, so I threw what was left of the bolt in the sled an attempted to tie the brake back on. I figured the with the way I had the brake re-attached, it would only work once so I would save that for stopping back at the truck. We got back safe and sound, but we did go a little faster than I wanted!
On our way home, we stopped in Chilliwack where Petcurean Dog Food is located. We had a wonderful time meeting everybody and telling some stories from our adventure in Alaska. Everybody there was wonderful, and this dog food company is full of devoted people who really care about making the best food for your dog, and I am NOT just saying that because they sponsor me! We stayed at Cathy Kenzie's house, our friend from Petcurean, and she and her husband, Randy, were nice enough to let us bring our dogs into there back yard to run around in for a while. I tried to get pictures of this, but by the time we got to the house and took the dogs into the yard, it was dark, so the pictures are not the best. Then on Saturday morning, we headed off again to our next stop in Idaho. There in Idaho, we stopped at fellow Jr. Musher, Josi Thyr's, training trail for a run together.
|Lights of Vancouver from Cathy's house|
|Comming in to Chilliwack out of the canyon|
|First green I've seen in 6 months!|
|Jasper in Cathy's yard|
|Tut and Cessena in the yard|
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This is Jenny. We are now in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. The Junior Iditarod went well, all the dogs finished and I didn't get lost! We ended up finishing in 5th place and receiving Rookie of the Year award for highest finishing rookie (someone who is new to a particular race) This was the incredible team of dogs:
Otter ~ Bella
Khufu ~ Alice
Cessena ~ Super Cub
Jasper ~ Tut
Kaycee ~ Ra
Thank you Chris Adkins for letting me use his sled; Go! Dog Food for fueling my team; the Martin Family for letting us stay with them and doing my race drop bags; Double Diamond Vet for keeping my dogs healthy; Dr. Sid with the Balancing Act for doing chiropractic work on all my dogs; Jerry Meyers Aviation and the Hamlin Family; Sport Shield; Reiss Family; Vetrinex; and all my other sponsors, family, and friends who have supported me and my dogs.
We will be stopping at the Go! Dog Food HQ in a couple days for a visit and then visit a fellow musher in Idaho and run the dogs on her trail together. When I get back, I have an appearance at Dee-O-Gee pet store in Bozeman on the 19th.