I have to admit, part of me wonders if they'll do something lovebird-hokey at the finish, like Andy carrying Kristy under the arch much like a groom carries his bride over the threshold. I mean, c'mon... they pulled out a hatchet, an ax, and then a chainsaw to cut their wedding cake. More power to them. I hope it's an amazing first chapter to a long and happy marriage.
I've gotten a couple of texts from Anna since she arrived in Nome, but I know she'll be taking care of her dogs and then getting some much needed rest before she's ready to talk to the Mad Blogger. I did watch her brief interview at the finish. She was asked what she may have done differently this year, and she talked about their training schedule. Rather than go week to week, month to month depending on how the dogs were feeling, the weather... they had a more regimented training strategy, leading right up to the Iditarod start. When asked of any disappointments, she referenced having to drop 6 dogs. Those she pulled in with all looked great, heads and tails held high and trotting happily. But she said it's tough to work so hard to take care of all 16 from the start, only to have one step wrong or get a bug and have to go home. But working closely with vets and sticking to a diligent dog routine, she was happy about getting 10 amazing looking dogs 1,000 miles to the finish.
A couple more mushers have scratched, bring that total to 11. Michi Konno was the 23rd musher into Nome nearly 3 hours after Anna, leaving 33 teams - including Kristy and Andy - still out on the trail. 11 Days after leaving Lake Willow.