Thank you to all sponsors and fans for your support and encouragement. Without you, not only would Evening Star Kennel been absent from the 2010 Yukon Quest, but this incredible sport and these wonderful dogs would become a thing of distant memory. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope that you have enjoyed following this amazing event.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Circle City - fourth checkpoint
Katie surprised us and arrived a few minutes after 3p.m. (Monday). She said the trail from Central to Circle was "boring". This is a good thing, it means that the trail was smooth going and the team was traveling well. She decided not to stop and rest on the trail but rather keep moving and take one longer rest here in Circle City. She is currently sleeping after eating a large plate of Turkey dinner, chocolate cake and three chocolate chip cookies. She is a good sled dog - eating, drinking and sleeping as much as she can. The mushers provide better care for the dog such as nice shoulder, wrist and foot messages and lots of hand on contact. If only the dogs could give Katie the same treatments. However, Katie knows that if she takes the best possible care of the dogs they will in turn take care of her on the trail. She will have to wait till she gets home to get a message. Maybe she will get one in Dawson.
From Circle Katie heads out to Eagle 158 miles of trail . She will make the trip in three runs. From Cirlce she will run 68 miles to Slavin's Cabin. From Slavin's cabin she will break the run up into two more legs. Resting/camping on the trail. In Eagle, a remote checkpoint that we cannot access, she will have access to her drop bags. Drop bags are bags that Katie packed before the race and are shipped out to every checkpoint. They contain all the necessary food and equipment that she and the dogs need for that checkpoint and for the section of trail from there to the next checkpoint. From Eagle Katie will head to Dawson City 150 miles down the trail. This is where we will see her again. She intends on arrive sometime Thursday, probably later in the day to evening.
Handler update - Clear skies, temperatures dropping to around -15'F tongiht. Once Katie leaves Cirlce City, ETD 11:30p.m. Monday, Anita and I will curl up in the truck and sleep till morning (5ish) and clean up Katie's parking area. This includes racking up the straw the dogs were bedded down on and hauling it away. We also collect any extra supplies she left behind. Then we will be heading back to Fairbanks to pick up the trailer. Fuel up and head out for Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. From Circle City (for the record this is not a city rather a very small town) to Dawson City it is about 1,100 miles of driving. It looks like we will be traveling with a few other handlers. Having said this it maybe a few days before we update the blog again.
Evening Star Kennel is the home of Katie Davis and her 21 sled dogs. Katie and her team competed in the 2010 Yukon Quest: 1000 miles from Fairbanks, AK to Whitehorse, YT, Canada. Check in here to find out more about this adventure as it unfolds and what the future may hold.
Whitehorse Sponsor: $1,500+ Your contribution as a Whitehorse Sponsor will go toward the entry fee of $1,500 or toward travel expenses and major equipment (sled, harnesses, dog truck, etc.) needed for the race. Dawson City Sponsor: $500-$1,499 All Dawson City Sponsors will pay for basic kennel costs incurred throughout the year. A $500 sponsorship pays for the care for an individual dog throughout the year: food and basic vet care. Circle City Sponsor: $201-$499 Circle City Sponsors will contribute toward warm musher gear, headlamps and batteries to light the way, booties, assorted ointments and medications for proper dog care, and all the miscellaneous items the dogs will need. Fairbanks Sponsor: $200 and under Fairbanks sponsors contribute to the costs of dog booties to protect the dogs’ feet from the start to the finish of the race. A $100 sponsorship purchases all the booties and a dog jacket for one dog on my team for the Yukon Quest. Sponsor a Mile: $20 There are 997 “official” miles on the Yukon Quest trail. That number can change from year to year depending on trail conditions or changes. For $20, you can sponsor 1 mile of the trail and help provide the dogs with all the things that they will need to complete each mile to reach the finish line.