Given everything I have seen and read online, I suspect the twins are pulling into Takotna (race mile 329) a bit battered by snowless trail, and definitely exhausted from little rest during the race up to this point, let alone quality sleep. But before we catch up to them there...
When the blog last left the twins, they were pulling out of Rohn a little after 8am Tuesday morning after a 5 hour rest. Anna had 13 dogs in harness, Kristy 14. It's about 75 miles from there to the next checkpoint of Nikolai, and they spent about twelve and a half hours covering it, arriving just before 11pm. Their time on the trail would have included a 4-5 hour campout to snack and rest the dogs. It is also not an unusual time glancing at the field so far, with most mushers requiring 10-15 hours.
They spent 5 hours resting in Nikolai, which is what they had planned for. Both Kristy and Anna dropped a dog, leaving them 13 and 12 in harness, respectively, as they pulled out to mush the 48 or so miles to McGrath. After hitting the trail just before 2am Wednesday, they covered the distance in just under six and a half hours at a nice 7.5mph pace, arriving in time for breakfast. But apparently they only planned to hit the drive through, as they stayed for only a few minutes before hitting the trail again. Kristy did stay 7 minutes over Anna's 4, likely using the time to secure the 2 dogs she dropped with vets and handlers, as she pulled out with 11 dogs to Anna's 12.
With just under 20 miles separating the twins and their dogs from a decent rest, they wasted no time getting from McGrath to Takotna, eating up the trail in two and a half hours and pulling in just before 11am. Now they can spend extra time caring for and tending to each dog, and even a little time to fuel and rest themselves over their 24-hour.
Departure times are adjusted during a musher's mandatory 24-hour to account for each musher's starting position and the staggered 2-minute interval starts. Anna has to stay an additional 2 minutes for each of the 62 mushers that started the race after she did, or for a total layover of 26 hours 4 minutes. Kristy only has to tack on time for the 2 mushers after her, giving her a truer 24-hour (or a 24h4m if you will). This doesn't mean Kristy has to leave before Anna. It simply means she can. In any event, expect both twins to be back on the trail by 1pm Alaska time Thursday afternoon. They'll be facing another 620+ miles to Nome.
Before I hand you over to a couple photos from ADN.com, a quick dog update: Rooster and Romell have been joined at the kennel by Precious and Bodie. Precious is recovering from a sore wrist. Unfortunately Bodie's injury will take a bit more time to heal. He must have stepped on a sharp stick or something and suffered a puncture wound in one of his toes, requiring a trip to the vet and some antibiotics. He'll be fine after some good rest though. Duchess has also been flown back to Anchorage and is awaiting her ride up to the kennel. As soon as I get an update on the other 4 dogs on the way back to the kennel, I'll be sure to let you know.
And in case you missed the prior posting I snuck in, all of my pictures from the start are available on Flickr!