This will be my last Iditarod retrospective post, for a while at least. I realized if I don't write a long-winded race report for my blog, I may not have a chance to share photos. (I will not join Instagram. I will not.) Although I'd like to make a post with a hundred photos (I love them all!), I decided to stick to one favorite for each day of my race, with a short description, approximate mileage, and time stamp. (I used my own GPS data to come up with the mileage. Most agree this is an under-estimate of actual mileage.)
Day one: Squall over Flathorn Lake, mile 29. 5:05 p.m. February 28.
Day two: Morning fog on the trail to Finger Lake, mile 110. 9:11 a.m. February 29
Day three: Rainy Pass, mile 171. 2:36 p.m. March 1
Day four: The Farewell Swamps, mile 209. 9:07 a.m. March 2
Day five: Only five miles to McGrath!, mile 301. 9:13 a.m. March 3
Day six: Leaving Takotna, mile 329. 2:49 p.m. March 4
Day seven: The long and bumpy Iron Dog trail, mile 401. 5:14 p.m. March 5
Day eight: Mike, me, Sam and Katie at Innoko shelter cabin, mile 416, (Sam and Katie were not part of the ITI but rode the entire Iditarod Trail independently. The couple from Durango, Colorado, finished the Tour Divide on a tandem in 2014. 9:47 a.m. March 6.
Day nine: Miner's shack with a view on Poorman Road, mile 481. 11:45 a.m. March 7
Day ten: "I hope this Yukon River ice holds," mile 496. 8:45 a.m. March 8
Day eleven: Golden willows near Kaltag, mile 628. 6:36 p.m. March 9
Day twelve: Chasing Mike to Unalakleet, mile 690. 6:36 p.m. March 10
Day thirteen: Facing the wind tunnel from the crest of the Blueberry Hills, mile 734. 4:26 p.m. March 11.
Day fourteen: Mike at Reindeer Cove, mile 755. 1:19 p.m. March 12
Day fifteen: Passed by Brent Sass on the sea ice, mile 780. (Sass was leading the Iditarod Sled Dog Race at the time.) 3:24 p.m. March 13.
Day sixteen: Greeting my superiors on the flats west of Koyuk, mile 801. (I have high respect for sled dogs ... and I'm not even a dog person.) 10:09 a.m. March 14.
Day seventeen: Little McKinley, mile 852. 8:59 a.m. March 15.
Day eighteen: The coldest morning, mile 898. 8:44 a.m. March 16.