The top 5 teams are into Grayling 43 miles ahead of Seeing Double, and it seems like a tight race at the front with them all arriving within about a 5 hour span. They've each completed their 24s, as have all but 1 other musher in the field at this point. But within those top 5, only Joar has also completed his 8 hour rest along the Yukon. They're each running 11 to 13 dog teams. And the twins are right in the mix. Kristy is running the same 12 dogs she's had since she last returned one in Nikolai, while Anna finally returned her first dog during her 24 in Ophir, leaving her 13 in harness. No further mushers have scratched, leaving 51 teams mushing to Nome.
Updates from our DDC Aaron ~ Mayhem has since welcomed home Jack, the dog Kristy returned from Nikolai. He also had a sore shoulder but is now relaxing at the kennel and doing great! I also heard through the Pohl family grapevine that the dog Anna returned from Ophir was Rousey. I don't yet know her specifics, but I know Aaron will give us an update as soon as he hears from Iditarod HQ in Anchorage. I believe from here, any dogs needing to step off the team will be flown on to Nome, so I'm afraid you'll have to be a bit patient if there's a need for further returned dog updates.
I expect the twins will remain in Shageluk for 5-6 hours before running through Anvik to Grayling. A 4-5 hour rest in Grayling is on the cards before they really hit the Yukon in earnest. Temps look to remain very much on the warm side, getting well into the 30s, and with high chances of precipitation, I hope Anna and Kristy remembered all their rain gear!
Here are a couple pics of Seeing Double's furry teammates back at the kennel and an example of the information each returned dog is, well, returned with.