Skip to comments.Last minute wrenching before the start of the 2000-mile long Iron Dog Race today!
Posted on 02/16/2014 12:32:05 AM PST by onyx
The guys doing last minute wrenching before the start of the 2000-mile long Iron Dog race tomorrow! And taking a break to "fuel up" on (the usual) moose chili and blueberry pie.
The 2014 Iron Dog Pro Class race begins Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Big Lake.
Sunday, February 16th: Pro Class Start Schedule of Events
9:00 am | RACE TEAMS must be parked on the ice and start unloading. (parking area closes, dont be late!)
10:00 am | RACE TEAMS MUST BE POSITIONED in the race pit.
10:45 am | Color Guard, National Anthem and announcements.
11:05 am | First team at Start Line.
11:10 am | First Green Flag drops and continues in two-minute intervals until the race field is on the course.
1:45 pm | AMMCs Iron Pup Kids Races
Wow 2,000 miles...
Real men are still real.
Best of Luck Todd!
Go Todd go! Run Sarah run! God Bless America!
There are no greater Americans then the Palin family.
Put the Obumbo family up against them....well, that would be a joke.
Ping to the TODD PALIN IS A HUNK! List.
Go, TEAM 11!
I don't want to use the term "royalty" because that's not what America is about but the Palin family -- every one of them -- represent the very, very best. I guffaw when people refer to the Kennedy era as Camelot. That clan, from the bootlegger old man to the Carolyn and John John are utterly repulsive to the core. The contrast between the Kennedys and the Palins is, well, stark to put it mildly.
Getting ready to socket to 'em!
“when people refer to the Kennedy era as Camelot.”
The Kennedy family is the scum of the earth...every member of it.
Went to see how they run the two-man teams (2 men, two machines. I’m guessing that both sleds need to come across at about the same time). Then wanted to read a story of a race for some flavor. Found this one, with a snippet:
“We spent some time trying to locate the trail, looping around and backtracking, but by this point we were thoroughly lost. We stopped and pulled out our compass and maps. We had already been on the trail for about 16 hours since our start in Big Lake. We were exhausted and all getting close to hypothermia, especially me. When you are in that condition, maps and compasses do not make any sense. Later, back at home when we looked at the maps, it would have been so easy to continue and use our compass to go on through the storm.”
HEY! i thot i was on your dancin wit der stars pinglist
LOL. You were, weren’t you?
no my mistake this is the american idol ping list
Exciting, my prayers are with them as well, for safety first and a 1st place finish.
I know the men droll over Sarah and rightfully so, but dang that Todd is a fine looking man!
Oh yeah, “big time.”
12:00 Noon Central , should be 7pm.
Thank you for posting this onyx. :)
That would be 3AM. They’re going to have to start without me. :(
Oh. Yes, he is. He really is. Most definitely.
Todd! THUDD! Whew! It is getting warm in here and my knees are a bit shaky.
You know the race starts just down the road from me, weird weather this winter, hardly any snow left, its mostly ice, I expect a record fast run, lots of damaged equipment from trails nearly bare of snow, just sun glazed ice.
The Iditarod may have to be moved to Fairbanks this year due to lack of snow.
I think Georgia has had more snow than we have here. Temps are moderate, maybe 20 degrees higher than normal. was very windy the last couple of days. Again a couple of weeks ago it was warmer here than in Tampa Bay Florida, I even saw three motorcycles out on the highway in Wasilla, temps were in the lower 50’s.
And its possible there may be a lot of people heading to the race cause for the most part you cannot run any sleds around here lately because of lack of snow, its all ice and frozen earth, many people are in a big blue funk, from the snowmachiners to the snow plow operators.
Me I have been rebuilding my 95 Goldwing inside the house this year, was laid off in december, and then wife lost her job cause her place of Obamacare downsizing. Now both of us are on unemployment. There is work available, much better than the lower 48, but I just want to have some time off.
Anyway here is hoping Todd and his crew win and have a safe ride, its gonna be brutal trail conditions, none of that fluffy white snow, its gonna be like on concrete until they get further north, and then colder.
My son is in the AF stationed up there. I wonder if he’ll get bit by the Iron-dog bug. Oh, and thanks for the ping.
It gets pretty expensive to even start at entry level performance snowmachines, I worked on two of them last winter, mucho money invested, and you have to have very unique specialized skills to work on them. You do NOT just start wrenching away at these new machines, very high tech.
And I say that as I have developed into being a motorcycle restoration specialist recently from being a heavy equipment mechanic. MC mechanics get twice the wages if they know their stuff, and seasonally a snowmachine mechanic can earn a good living if they are independent.
Last minute wenching
My delight, sweetness!
Oh gosh. Yeah, 3:00AM start time for you is asking a little too much...even for Todd.
Spartan302! Thank you so much for all the wonderful information! WOW, you’re the Palin’s neighbor, for all intents and purposes!
I’m so sorry about you and your wife’s employment situation, but given that’s you’re OKay with the time off...
I sure hadn’t realized that parts of your beautiful state was also “enjoying” weird weather this winter. I mean temperatures in the lower 50’s in February? WOW!
Again, thank you so much for all your good information.
I hope you will continue to participate a whole lot on these threads.
Well, thank you so much for a morning laugh.
The GPS Tracking map has an ‘Alaska time’ clock in the lower left hand corner .... very convenient!
Go Todd go!!
Good to see you, Sugar!
I have several errands.
So happy you’re here!
GOOD to see you’re here!!!!
Great photos onyx thanks much.
Check out Father/Son Team #54. After crashing outside of Big Lake, they loaded up in Deshka Landing, drove to Anchorage Yamaha / Suzuki Marine for repairs...and are now headed back to the trail. (Just saw them on the GPS Tracker heading out on 5th Ave. out of Anchorage. #nevergiveup
They made it to Puntilla on the 2nd day (15th). With Trail Class, there are no specified layover times, although there is a plan in the rules that they get from the start at Big Lake to Puntilla the first day & the 2nd day they go from Puntilla to McGrath (today they go from McGrath to Ruby). Team 54 really did some driving yesterday and made it to Nikolai so they are now approximately 52 miles behind the field, who did make it to McGrath (some in the wee hours of the morning). Hopefully team 54 can catch up with the rest of the field today! To add to the 'drama', 54a's GPS wasn't pinging yesterday so it looked like 54b was out there all by himself - good to see 54a pinging in Nikolai this morning.
No kidding! Seriously, wouldn't it have been nice to have looked at the First Dude for the past five years rather than the First Moochelle?
Weather (from Iron Dog):
2-16; Skwentna, snow -2 feels like -2, 2 MPH winds, forecast today is light snow 20-50 Chance of snow showers
2-16, Nikolai, haze, -19 feels like -19, 0 winds, forecast high of 3 partly cloudy, low tonight -10
2-16, McGrath, scattered clouds, -8 feels like -8, 1 mph wind, high today 0, low tonight -11
Our FIRST snowmobile , now snow machines of course, was a Rupp Sno Sport..... A real workhorse, hauled sleds of cordwood and kids around as well as hunting and winter camping gear. Later on a 440 and then ski doo’s and such .... Loved em !
Can’t even think of a 2000 mile race on one...LOl !
The technology that has evolved is impressive from those first old machines we had.
Stay safe Young Lady and good luck to Team Palin !!
GO TEAM PALIN!!!!
aye aye aye!
Hey there, Sweetie Pie.
THAT sounds like fun.
I’m way too old for anything like that, of course.
Almost time for this race of Todd’s to start.
Prayers for their safe trip and win!!
Thank you so much.
GOOD LUCK TODD!!!! I think its cool how in the background they are all watching Fox News :-)
I am having trouble getting moose chili & blueberry pie off my mind after Sarah’s post on the last minute wrenching.
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