Meanwhile, further back on the trail, the twins pulled into Shaktoolik, race mile 758, around 10:15am Alaska time this morning. They were reported in 38th and 39th place. Of course the winds have picked up a bit from my last write-up, so they're not escaping that this year. But at least there are no reports of ground blizzards, which is a huge plus. I expect the twins to rest in checkpoint for about 5 hours before tackling another 50 miles of sea ice as they make their way to Koyuk.
We have had one more scratch in the race, Ellen Halverson, who called it quits in Koyukuk. That leaves rookie Roger Lee in 66th and final place - nearly 350 miles behind the leader!
Here are a few images from the trail. You can imagine how crossing that sea ice in a ground blizzard could be a very dangerous thing... If you or your lead dogs get misdirected, you could find yourself dangerously far from shore and on thin ice before you know it.