I haven't had a chance to speak with Kristy or Anna yet, but hope to over the weekend. I have gotten a few texts, though, and I know they are enjoying some hot meals, hot showers, and warm beds in Nome. They also have their dogs to care for, both those that finished the race with them and the ones that would have been dropped in later checkpoints and thus flown on to Nome to rejoin their teams rather than back to Anchorage. The short report is both are doing well. Kristy said her face is really chapped and red from all the cold and wind this year, but so far that is the only minor complaint.
In addition to basking in the comforts of civilization (and even a town of only some 3,800 inhabitants like Nome is considered civilization after what they just endured), the twins will make appearances at the local Iditarod HQ to meet with fans and sign autographs. And Sunday at 3pm is the Awards Banquet for this year's finishers. And for once, all of the finishers should actually be off the trail and able to attend! In past years (most past years, I think...), there were typically a few teams still out on the trail during and then even after the banquet.
As soon as the banquet is over, likely as soon as Sunday night, the twins will pack up all their gear and dogs and fly back to Anchorage where the dog trucks will be waiting to transport them back up to Knik. I'm sure the twins will be excited to be home and also to reunite with those dogs that were dropped early in the race and those that didn't quite make it onto this years teams.
Even though things are wrapping up, never fear - your Mad Blogger isn't signing off yet. I still hope to post a blog with insights directly from the twins; a final race recap when the last musher is into Nome; the annual Dog Blog; and an update to the twins' dog teams so you can see which amazing canine athletes took the twins all the way to the finish.
I hope everyone had a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day, and enjoy the weekend!