Count Down to start: 1 Day 12 Hours

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Super busy day getting ready for the Yukon Quest 1000 mile race start on Saturday. Both the handlers and mushers were in meetings this morning where they learned the latest trail conditions and logistics for the start. Though the prediction is for the temperatures to drop, the continued lack of snow here on the Yukon has caused a small course change: after racing to the first checkpoint, the dogs will be transported in dog trucks between checkpoint #1, Braeburn, and check point #2, Carmacks, so details and logistics were shared.

After the morning meetings, mushers had lunch with their Quest Rider. Ryne met her guest rider, Carole, from Colorado! Fun to have folks from her home state up supporting the team.

Carole, Ryne, and Dan

Tonight was the starters’ banquet where not only did we get to enjoy the evening getting to know Carole and her husband, Dan, eat some great food, but the mushers drew their starting numbers. Drum roll please —- Ryno Kennel drew # 21 — best number out there!

Tomorrow, Friday will be a day to catch our breath, walk the dogs and let them stretch their legs after a long drive, and—- get ready to rumble on Saturday!

Disclaimer: As Ryne makes her last preparations for the start, posts and updates for the race will be shared between Ryno handler extraordinaire, Kalyn, and me (Mom Katy).