The group of 13 decided to spend almost two days in Manley Hot Springs, about a hundred miles into their trip. At this point in the trip, one of the original snowmachiners had to leave the expedition due to health reasons.
According to Robert Forto, the expedition organizer, trail conditions have featured lots of deep snow thus far, and as they depart Manley with a new snowmachiner, they will also stray further away from road access. He notes that this may be the final opportunity the group has to sleep in a bed before they reach the finish in Nome. *Michelle Forto confirmed that by 11am, the group was moving again, despite the In-Reach not showing Robert moving at all.
To hear more from Forto, Nome musher Stephanie Johnson, and other expedition members, listen to KNOM’s latest update on the Serum Run Expedition.
Image at top: The Manley Hot Springs Roadhouse, originally established in the early 1900s. Stephanie Johnson and other expedition members stayed there Tuesday. Photo in public domain, via Flickr.