Iron Dog Week 2015

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Iron Dog Week 2015

#1 Post by john » Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:49 am

After the Sweetheart run the week before I decided to make a cabin run and haul in some more lumber for the generator shack. Jake offered to come along so we also hauled in the new 7KW generator, which means I can run the chop saw again when getting the tongue and grove up on the inside walls.
Not a lot to say except that we got the last of the vapor barrier done on the ceiling and wall behind the wood stove. I do need to take a fan in though on the next trip down to move the air from the loft around. The thermostat said 65 by the kitchen but it must have been 85 in the loft.

So we returned to Fairbanks on Sunday and it was a bit slick but OK and then it was Iron Dog trail week. Thanks to the help from Stoney, Nick S, Steve M, and Mike, we got the trail staked by Friday.

Most of the trail was set mid-week and Steve M and Mike decided to do the run between Nenana and Fairbanks on Friday while Stoney and Nick finished up the section from Fairbanks to the Flood Control project. So Friday I was working on getting the race warning signs up and kind of concerned about Stoney and Nick as the section they were on was getting some open leads in the river from the wram weather we were having.

I figured Steve and Mike would be fine on the trail to Nenana, heck we just ran it the week before. So I keep my phone close in case I had to go help Stoney out when Steve calls. Nick dropped his sled through the ice and into 4 feet of water on the Tanana. His sled made it across the thin ice, however the tow behind sled they had with 25 gallons of fuel didn’t and it pull him in with it. No one was hurt and we got his sled out with the hour. Good thing I had the Bearcat and 100’ of 5/8 rope to pull him out. So a bit wet but nothing damaged, all’s well that end well.

Oh yeah, on finishing day, Sat the 28th, Stoney went back to check part of the trial and some A-Hole moved the trail stakes and tried to run the racers into a deadend slough, that just really T’s me off, what idiots.

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