Start day for the 2018 Yukon quest

 Liz talking to Ryne's Quest rider, Jim, while Derek, Ryne, and Tyler prepare the sled.

Liz talking to Ryne's Quest rider, Jim, while Derek, Ryne, and Tyler prepare the sled.

 Allan, a Quest volunteer, mounting the trackers on the sled.

Allan, a Quest volunteer, mounting the trackers on the sled.

 The tracker in the black bag is just to track, while the tracker in the pink bag has the "SOS" button, also.

The tracker in the black bag is just to track, while the tracker in the pink bag has the "SOS" button, also.

 Each dog has a microchip inserted at the Vet check allowing the Vets to scan a dog at checkpoints to verify their identity. Wingman's chip had fallen out since the Vet checks, so he is having a new one inserted.

Each dog has a microchip inserted at the Vet check allowing the Vets to scan a dog at checkpoints to verify their identity. Wingman's chip had fallen out since the Vet checks, so he is having a new one inserted.

 VIP Ryno Kennel fans at the start led by 80 year old Ardene! Thank you for braving those sub zero temps Ardene!

VIP Ryno Kennel fans at the start led by 80 year old Ardene! Thank you for braving those sub zero temps Ardene!

 Heading to the start line.

Heading to the start line.

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 Liz and Jim

Liz and Jim

 1st shot from the trail -- just behind the Ryno Kennel home. Oh so close, but sooo far to go!

1st shot from the trail -- just behind the Ryno Kennel home. Oh so close, but sooo far to go!