The front pack is dividing a little bit in three groups. Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King, who made some serious time on Aliy and than a bit of a gap and Martin Buser and Sonny Lindner are next. The third group is made up by both Dallas and Mitch Seavey and Aaron Burmeister. They are all having a solid run accross Norton Sound. The trail is navigating around some pretty high pressure ridge, but other than that is a relatively nice trail, compared to some of the stuff which lays behind the teams. The ice coming into Koyuk is piled up high and the usual approach is un-passable. So not only goes the trail zig zag over the ice, musher get treated a bit to ” tour de Koyuk ” before they arrive at the checkpoint. A new building went up right where the dogs used to be parked and the road infront of the checkpoint is a sheet of ice. Kim and Crew have worked tirelessly since they arrived here yesterday to set up the checkpoint. With having been drafted into that task last year, I know how much work it is.
Well, Jeff King was right behind Aliy Zirkle when they pulled in. He made up a lot of time.
(more pics by Sebastian at the link)