We Made It!

Ryne here-

Thanks so much to everyone who followed along during our Yukon Quest and came to cheer on the team at the finish!

I couldn't be prouder of the team, especially the finishers Jana, Lefty, Katy, Cooke, Rucu, Uno, and CJ! While a small team, they had enormous drive and heart. Ironically, the last 20 miles into the finish down the Chena River and through Fairbanks was some of the most challenging conditions we had encountered all race! Cooke and Jana led the run into town, until after hours of breaking trail, young Cooke needed a break so Lefty took over. The Chena River was flooded with hidden overflow and open leads. With the trail and trail markers being blown away in the storm, we decided to hunker down for a short while until visibility was better. I never thought my first experience of hunkering down during a storm would be on a river bank below one of the houses of Fairbanks just six miles shy of the finish line! Ha! Thanks to the friends and family who patiently awaited our finish and even though the canine athletes aren't on Facebook (I don't think)- thank you to these wonderful dogs who pulled me through and showed such perseverance, trust, and strength. As I sit on the couch surrounded by my sleeping teammates and family, our hearts are full!

More Pictures and Videos from 2019 Yukon Quest

After the mandatory 8 hour rest at the Two Rivers check point, the team is on their final push into Fairbanks! The “magnificent seven” headed out at 8:40 this morning close behind Nathaniel Hamlyn (thanks for breaking that path for us!) Over flow and fresh snow might slow the speed but not the excitement of crossing the finish line tonight.

Pictures and videos from the trail for you to enjoy while following the tracker at www.yukonquest.com

Leaving Two Rivers!

Leaving Two Rivers!

Ryne is showing off her make-shift waders! Fancy pants in anticipation of over flow.

Ryne is showing off her make-shift waders! Fancy pants in anticipation of over flow.

Birthday breakfast in Central — #30!

Birthday breakfast in Central — #30!

Later in the day at Mile 101:

Resting under the northern lights in Central.

Resting under the northern lights in Central.

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Above and below are coming off of Eagle Summit into Mile 101 check point.

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Rucu getting some loving

Rucu getting some loving

Lefty relaxing after Eagle Summit

Lefty relaxing after Eagle Summit