Kristy: Bib #4
Anna: Bib #18
That puts 14 mushers and 28 minutes between the twins off the starting line, and I have to say, from past experience, that's about perfect. Not so close together that they're juggling around each other to get going. but close enough that it won't take much time at all to reconnect outside of Willow and make their way down the trail together.
There's a lot of mushing talent in the field this year and we'll get to know more of them as we work our way to Nome. In the meantime, a couple friends of Seeing Double that I also want to highlight: Dr. Tom Knolmayer will be in bib #30. Lance Mackey will be in bib #12, and Aliy Zirkle will be mushing in bib #23.
Given the time difference between Alaska and where I sit in Toronto, I haven't had a chance to talk to the twins yet to hear directly how both the musher meeting and banquet went, but hopefully later today and before the Ceremonial Start.
Wait a sec... Mad Blogger isn't at the start?! That's right. For the first time in eleven years I cannot be in Alaska to see my sisters off the starting line. One of my own pups had surgery very late in January and just wasn't recovered enough to be boarded so I could make the long trek. Much like a new sponsor of Seeing Double's that couldn't make the trip this year due to a health issue. Or Jeff King, who had to drop out of the Iditarod at the very last minute due to health issues of his own (media reports indicate he's going to be ok and watching the race electronically just like the rest of us!). Life happens. Sometimes it is disappointing, but we play the cards we're dealt as best we can. Ask an Iditarod Dog... you just have to run the trail that's in front of you.
And so this year my trail is solely an e-trail. But I have all of you along with me, and I won't let any of us miss out on the action!