The soft trail also took a toll on Anna Berington. Berington, traveling with her identical twin sister, Kristy, ran into a stump that had been unearthed by mushers. She crashed hard, shattering handle bar of her sled. She and her sister rigged the sled back together with an alder branch, twine, hockey tape and some rope. The Beringtons were grateful that no one was hurt, “except the sled,” according to Anna, who will now make her way gingerly down the crisscrossing gorge. She won't be able to get to her new sled until she makes it to Takotna.
“I'm glad this didn't happen my rookie year,” Anna said. “But it'd be nice if it didn't happen any year.”
The below pics were caught by Gregg Drozda at the Rainy Pass checkpoint. I suspect Anna was coming in like that because her primary brake was useless, and she was using the drag of her body to help slow the team down. You can see on the right how her handlebar is broken off, her sled bag torn, and the primary brake gone.
Thanks for the pics, Gregg!