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In Takotna, Stielstra Talks Attitude, Dogs, and “the Journey”

audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman

Ed Stielstra’s staying positive about Iditarod 2011.

Although he’s not looking forward to the hills on the trail after Iditarod checkpoint, the McMillan, Michigan musher (try saying that 10 times fast) says he wants “to feel good about the journey,” and so far, he seems to be succeeding.

After taking last year’s Iditarod off for the birth of his son (who’ll be turning 1 year old on March 12th), Stielstra says the “pieces of the puzzle” came together for this year’s race. It’s been a “perfect trail, really,” he notes, and in Takotna, the musher talked about keeping a good attitude, caring for his dogs, and his goal for the rest of the race: namely, to “have a really good time.”

Hear Ed Stielstra with KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen, in Takotna:

As of 10pm Thursday night, Ed Stielstra is in 41st position, resting at the Ophir checkpoint with 15 dogs; he arrived at 8:13pm.