I made myself some toast, got the dogs out and started getting things ready for when randy got here.
Wendy came up and offered to take me on the skidoo to show me the trails. So off we went, down to the lake. It wasn't that bad, expect for the road crossing. The trail ended and opened diagonally and the road was ice, so it might be tough to get the dogs over there.
We stopped at the Sky High Ranch. I met the husband and wife would owned it with their 150 dogs and many horses. The woman (I forget her name) ran the quest before. She ran it from Fairbanks to Whitehorse. She said never again, not in that direction. Coming over the summits with fresh dogs. Not a good idea. I asked her about boots and she wears the same as Hans Gatt.. The intuition liners inside of the neos.
We left there and headed back to the cabin. Time to get ready for our first run. Randy came up to train as well (another musher doing the quest). I laid out the lines, tied up the sled and pulled out the harnesses. Once I had them all on, I turned around and Zues and Buddha had theirs ate off... Assholes.
I started putting dogs on the line, Numchuck chewed off turtles tug line the minute I turned around... Asshole. Zues and Buddha decided to have a fight while waiting to go... Assholes.
I got on the sled and tried pulling out my stick. Well it was in there pretty good. So I just cut the rope. And we were off. 16 dogs, 240 pounds in the sled and an open trail to the lake. Randy wasn't far behind me either.
Running along the road was pretty good. Gogi and Sultan were listening to their commands really well... That Is, until the road crossing. They missed the entrance and down the road we went. No stopping power whatsoever, Randy's team passing mine..We got down to the lake, and all I saw was a bank, with a 4 foot drop. My sled tipped as I went over the handle bars and head first into the bare ice. All that I could see with my blurry vision was my team running away from me. I started running as fast as I could, but in reality I looked like a chicken with my head cut off because of my blurry vision. Randy was in front of me and managed to stop his team and jump on mine to stop them. I caught up and landed on my sled. The dogs then persisted to keep going... Assholes. There was no way of getting a snow hook into this ice. So I got my sled up just as the dogs decided to turn themselves around... Assholes. Especially because Randy's team was parallel to mine and now we had a massive tangle.
Once we got everyone untangled I managed to dig a hook into the ice and I attempted to fix my dogs. Harnesses were coming off, lines were wrapped around arms and it was a mess. Randy's team were zig zagging around the lake before the went back up the road towards the trail back to the cabin.
The guy I met this morning was out on his skidoo and stopped to help me. He tried tying the dogs onto the skidoo with a rope to try to lead them off the lake. Well once the snow hook was out, the dogs were gone and the rope snapped. The sled flipped and I was dragging on my belly yet again.... Assholes. Next thing I knew that guy jump on my sled and was dragging along as well. He said to me... "I think you have a strong enough team for the quest!" Well I hope so!
We got the team stopped on the road and a snow hook in. Buddy went to his skidoo and helped me get back on the trail to the cabin.
When I got back the dogs knew I wasn't in a good mood. So I breathed deeply, and tried to be in a better mood for them. It wasn't all their fault, just the two leaders who didn't listen at the important turn. But you cant expect much from dogs who have travelled for 5 days in a trailer... they were rearin to go! I put them all on the lines, fed them and put straw down so they could have a comfy afternoon nap
My whole body aches and my head is throbbing. I downloaded a movie and went to my bed and laid down. I sure hope that means that the bad run is out of the way and we will have good runs until & throughout the race!