As you can tell, Allen is on a completely different run / rest schedule than most of the top mushers. He and Michelle Phillips seem to have the same idea. Allen is doing most of his rest away from the Check Points. Last night, he rested at the McCabe Creek Dog Drop. Ray hiked in there and said it was the perfect place for a stop. With so much less activity around them, the dogs and Allen got some well deserved sleep. Although there was no road access to McCabe, the cabin was stocked with luxury. The wood stove was cranking out heat, there was a delicious moose stew for the mushers and lots of straw for the dogs. You don't get that everywhere!
After resting at McCabe, Allen and the Black Team headed off to Pelly Crossing, a short 34 mile run. After picking up supplies for the next LONG trail section (210 miles), Allen left Pelly with all 14 dogs. He is running on the dogs' schedule perfectly.
Aliy is in the communication dead zone of McCabe Creek, but we expect her into Pelly Crossing at about noon. She dropped two dogs when she left Carmacks, so the Red Team is running with 9. I am assuming one of the dogs was Cutter, but we will know for sure soon.
The Quest is still showing Ryne at Carmacks.
A note on the Quest 300 Race itself. Our friend, Gerry Willomitzer, is having a great race. He is running his Iditarod team in the 300 as a practice run. He and Ed Hopkins are the two clear leaders in the race. Both are veteran Yukon Quest mushers. Gerry is in Pelly now resting. The trail from Pelly is a 64 mile loop, ending back at the Pelly Crossing Finish Line.
Temperatures were close to 30 below F last night on the trail. Great for the dogs. Cold for the handlers!