After preparing for 4 previous 1000 mile races and many more mid-distance races, one might think Ryno Kennel has these final days down to a science. Or at least an organized chaos. And though Ryne has run the Yukon Quest twice before (opposite direction), the weather, composition of dogs chosen for the team, and last minute race strategy always lend to last minute purchases and packing. As Derek spotted another musher in town yesterday purchasing snowshoes and a warm sleeping bag, Katy ran into town today to buy various supplies including replacement runner plastic, more gang lines, and surprise treats! (Did you all remember Ryne celebrates her birthday while out on the trail!)
After a full week -- Musher's meetings, handler meeting, "Meet the Musher" open house, meet the "Quest Rider" luncheon, "Start & Draw Banquet", many trips to town, -- RYNO KENNEL is ready to rumble!! As you know, Ryne drew #8 for the team's start position, so that puts the Ryno Kennel on the trail at 11:21 AKST. Go Ryno Kennel GO!!!
Please enjoy the following pictures from the week of preparation.
Finally, and definitely a very appreciated, amazingly gifted group, a photo of the Yukon Quest Official Visual Content Team who allow millions of Yukon Quest followers to live vicariously through them. L-R (back), Julien Schroder, Whitney McLaren, and Tracey Mendenhall Porreca. L-R (front), Seth Adams and Chance McLaren.