Last one before I hit the trail…

And as you might guess with everything going on this is going to be a quickie post.

Mostly to say MUSH THANKS to everyone who was a part of getting me this far. It really is a team effort, and without our friends and supporters this just would not be possible! So one again, MUSH THANKS to our supporters, we can not thank you enough!

Photo Credit Albert Marquez

Photo Credit Albert Marquez

Also this is a fine time for a little re-cap and some photos from the Ceremonial start in Anchorage yesterday.  I have often likened this day to a parade, a chance for mushers to share the dogs and excitement, and for fans to come see us up close and in action.  And for a special group called “Iditariders” a chance to ride in the sled with a race team as we run through Anchorage.  The Iditarider program is an auction that raises funds for the Iditarod Trail Committee and gives fans  a chance to bid on a unique opportunity. My Rider Maureen was from Cape Cod, very near where I grew up on Marthas Vineyard, which is why she choose to bid on me.  And I am glad to say she won.  We had a delightful time in spite of somewhat less then ideal weather. I think her smile says it all! For the last section of the trail I stopped the team and asked her is she was feeling brave? And she was, so we had her hop up on the runners and drive the team (with the help of Dan behind her on the tag sled) into the finish area. Giving me a chance to get off my feet and relax in the sled.

Excuse the fuzzy photo, the poor camera got a bit wet during an unseasonably slushy run! You can see some photos from the Anchorage start at the Alaska Dispatch.

Musher Maureen

Musher Maureen

And some quality time with the team post run~ you can see in the photo how wet the dogs were at the end of the run.  But in spite of that everyone had a grand time, and Maureen was still sporting the best smile!

Getting praise for a job well done

Getting praise for a job well done

Need to take a minute and thank my handling crew, they are quite simply THE BEST!!!  Dan of course runs the show. But with help from TC & Dave, Jenny, and Paul, all the dogs were well cared for.  They basically took the dogs out of the trailer, and had them on the raised trailer hitch area where they could get foot ointment, booties and harnessed on dry ground. Sarah and Lexi are the people people, making sure I am where I need to be and have everything I need, making sure our Iditarider is comfortable, and also making sure the volunteers from the Iditarod who come to help us walk the team to the chute know how we do things at Dew Claw. With such an experienced and fun crew everything went off extremely smoothly, and I was left with not a thing to do or worry about. Mush Thanks

And with Rich Strömberg on hand we got some really great (and fun) shots from the pre-race festivities and the start chute.  Which I hope y’all will enjoy.


TC and Dave getting Yuki dresses and ready


In a quite moment before the start Jenny and I share smiles

In a quiet moment before the start Jenny and I share smiles


Oh Yeah, they are ready to have some fun


Dave giving Orchid some last minute directional advice


Waiting for our turn


TC with the offical starter (who has a Great hat!)

And with that my friends it is time for me to sign off for awhile, pack the sled, give the dogs some love and a pep talk, and get ready for the adventure. Thanks again to EVERYONE who has helped make it possible. Please enjoy following the race, and wish me and all the mushers and dogs safe travels to Nome!!!

And I know y’all are wondering, so…

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About Jodi

Jodi Bailey and Dan Kaduce live a life with dogs. They own Dew Claw Kennel a competitive long distance kennel where dogs come first. Jodi and Dan have each finished both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod 1000 mile sled dog races, in addition to many other races in Alaska.
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