Red, white, and blue flags flew high at this year’s Iditarod start, but they weren’t the flags one might expect. These flags bear the Scandinavian cross.
Thomas Waerner’s team was looking skinny in Unalakleet. He’s been feeding his dogs hearty meals but can’t get their weight up. “Meat and kibble,” the Norwegian musher says, just like he feeds the dogs back home. But it’s not the same meat and kibble in Alaska.
Out of Fairbanks, through Nenana, and on to Manley Hot Springs before a long stretch of running on the river — that was the first day of this year’s Iditarod.
Upon arriving at the Cripple checkpoint this (Thursday) morning – at 9:09am – Robert Sorlie’s dog team was looking very good. The Norwegian musher agreed, saying…