Anna was reported out in 37th, Kristy in 41st. Before you dismay their slip in the ranks, take a closer look... Glancing through the current leader board (1am EST Sat / 9pm AK Fri), eleven of the mushers ahead of the twins have yet to take their first 8hr. 10 are still working on their 24s. The twins are done with both. This is what I was talking about with regard to jockeying of positions. Let the top 20-30 teams get out of Huslia before you really start betting on the leader board.
I caught the GPS updates as the twins pulled out of Galena. Their speeds are good, on either side of 10mph. Anna is driving a team of 14 dogs, a positive sign that everyone rested well over their 24 and there were no dropped dogs. Kristy did drop 1 dog, leaving her with a team of 13. But at least two mushers, including one that is currently ahead of the twins, are running teams of 10 dogs each. This isn't unusual and isn't of concern. I want to return to the topic of dog care given some recent headlines... Look for a special iDition over the weekend.
Until then, some images captured by Loren Holmes, Alaska Dispatch News. The landscapes are into Huslia, the dogs curled up and resting with snacks handy back in Tanana.