Accommodations like this are irresistible. I cannot recall anyone pushing through Eagle Island. Most mushers plan to stay at least six or seven hours before pulling the hook for another 70-mile run up the Mighty Yuke to Kaltag.From Cabela's Iditarod Trail. I am not sure what is there now since I've read that the spacious cabin the Conaster's had there burned in one of the fires that went through the area. I think but I am not positive that there are cabins there which the mushers are welcomed to rest in. So I don't know what is there now, but here is a picture of one of Eagle Island's residents, Ralph Conaster, that I found at the Iditarod Air Force Gallery, maybe he is the only resident there?
I am including the link of the Iditarod Air Force, 32 volunteer pilots that work to bring supplies, officials and veterinarians to the checkpoints during each Iditarod race. I can see where this bunch would be a very important part of the Iditarod. They drop off all that straw at each check point; bring back dog teams that have scratched; distribute over 74,513 lbs of dog food; transport "48 veterinarians that monitor the athletes before, during and after the race to insure there well being"! To see all that this bunch is involved with stop by their website. Iditarod Air Force.
This is the first year that I have realized that a bicycle and running bunch are also using the Iditarod trail, right now, at the same time that the mushers are out there. I hope that they are graciously stopping to move out of the way for the dogs and their mushers since this is an "Iditarod" trail.
When I read that they are out there it made me wrinkle my nose because it reminded me of how ATV trails get paved over and pretty little signs posted - No Motorized Vehicles Allowed, so that our bicycle riders have a nice safe place to ride (and most don't use anyway). That just rots my socks! Read more about the bicycle bunch here.
I admire riders with the stamina to pedal a bicycle all the way to Nome! What bugs me and maybe only me? The race is planned and carried out at the very same time as the Last Great Race. Why not before or after the mushers have done their race?
I can understand why they would want to be out there during the same time; the Iditarod race has pilots, officials and vets out there along the trail and perhaps they feel it is a safer time to do their ride. I wonder, have they contributed to the cost of grooming the trail for this event or even in planning to have it maintained?
Many times over on trails others have blazed, bicylists began to use them, (which is fine with us ATVer's), but when some begin to ride like it is their right to be there, and everyone else - look out for me-- that gets pretty irritating!
Where were the bicycle riders when the Tesoro Iron Dog bunch was speeding down the trail? Could it be they were concerned some of them could be flattened in the middle of the trail by the violent landing of a high flying snow machine? [hehehe]
Waving to all my bicycle riding friends. haha
Aha! The sleds have started down the trail! Jeff King has jumpstarted and is first on the trail with Buser right behind him after resting for 6.30 hrs. Paul Gebhardt and Lance Mackey have also been in Eagle Island but not as long, I am sure they will be on the trail again before long. Go, go, go doggies!
My brother Toby is planning to get out to Seattle to see Millie. Have a great visit Tobe!