Mushers expect rough ride along Farewell Burn
Could you imagine trying to run the Iditarod with a lack of snow??? It sounds like that is what will be happening this year. There is a place in the race called the Farewell Burn. In 1984 there was a controlled burn in the area, so there are barely any trees, and many stumps that stick up from the ground in the area.
It seems as if last week when the Iron Dog Snowmobile races went threw the area, instead of finding nice white snow, they found stumps and mud! Many of the Snowmobile racers had to stop and pack snow into their machines to keep them from overheating!
Now according to the few articles I have read, this will slow down the dogs, but it shouldn't be as big of an issue for them as it was for the Snowmobiles. Reports say only about 13 miles are snowless, so it shouldn't be that bad. Many of the racers aren't even concerned!
How many of you follow the Iditarod? Does anyone keep up with it? Anyone in particular you are hoping wins this year?