Harriett Fenerty | Den Mother
Just catching up this morning……my funny of the day posted by Team 48 It’s about the numbers!!!!
08:08:08 PM 2-23-2016 That was Team 48 finish time in NOME……and his nephew Tyson on Team ___ 8 ___sits in FIRST place at the ½ way line…..I would call that a Johnson Leader Board Sandwich Special!!!! Might be time to order an “ATE UP”!!
I am happy the entire field is in Nome today…..time for us to catch up on Wrenchin Wednesday!!!
It takes a lot for a team to put it together and get there in 21 hours and that’s a time worthy of a guy that has run it for half his life. Tyson started racing when he was 17 and he has been around the Iron Dog block enough to know that it ain’t over till you see the finish line in Fairbanks!!! But when you see the coincidence of these facts…..Team 8, Team 48, finish times of 08:08:08 you gotta believe there are some stars and the full moon lined up for a fantastic outcome…..stay tuned, Wrenchin Wednesday is about to start!!!!
Some of the field shed some light on what they endured to get it to Nome last night. I know it is fun to watch the race unfold at the top ½ of the leader board, but I love to hear from the field that fights with such heart to put their efforts in to make this race what it is…..the World’s Longest Toughest Snowmobile Race!!
Team 26 recap this morning “….Day 1 After holding over in PUNT for 6 hours due to weather, they checked out at 10pm. About mile 152 one of the machines found a creek .. got a rock stuck between the track & tunnel. I’m not sure how many of you were watching that #26 blue GPS dot at that point, but it was there for several hours, despite those of us trying to mentally will it on. Once they resumed, their luck didn’t get much better with a broken shock ripping Ryan’s track in half. Despite low visibility & poor trail conditions, despite being cold, wet, & exhausted, they limped their way to MCG at 7:46 the next morning. Over 10 hours to travel the 200 miles between PUNT and MCG. (correct me if my mileage is wrong) We found them a track & shock, thanks to Team 12, Moore/Strick who’d had to scratch that day, having a practice sled in McGrath. They were kind enough to let a fellow Arctic Cat team use it. Talk about sportsmanship team 12! Joe & Ryan have pressed on, and plan to keep pressing on all the way to the finish! We are so proud of them!” The added a second comment at 9:30 this morning with one word NOME!!!!!
Team 25 recap: “Unfortunately after coming through Koyuk to White Mountain, Daniel’s machine caught a rock that was barely sticking out of the tundra and destroyed the left side of the front suspension. The rock ripped out of the ground & the boys noticed it was about a 5ft rock. Limped into White Mountain where they were forced to call the race. Thank you to everyone who got us this far and we will be more prepared next winter! -Tyler and Daniel”
Three more scratches last night…..there was a lot of “Tired Iron” creeping the total scratches to 11 by NOME >>>> just over a ¼ of the field that didn’t get to race like they envisioned. To me this is maybe one of the biggest heartbreaks of this race…..a team will work hours, train for miles, use up family financial resources to run a race that takes it all for granted…..I don’t like the scratch board!!!
Team 22 reported: “Mike & Dieter made it to Nome but not without some major motor issues! Unfortunately, they cannot continue & were scratched from the race. Thank you again for all the support of our sponsors, family and friends. We feel so fortunate to have all of you. We too were wanting to cross the finish line in Fairbanks and yet are thankful for making it to Nome. It has been a journey & the boys will be excited to share their stories with all of you when we return home.”
Team 30 …. “Welp, they made it to Nome! Geoff under tow with more engine trouble, but they made it! Proud of our guys, they have had a LONG day”.
Team 30’s report is why I think we love to see this race unfold……even when a team arrives in the bottom ½ of the board, they have gone “All-IN”, they want to accomplish the first goal they set for themselves when they signed on the dotted line!!!! They will do almost anything to make that happen…..cold, sleep deprived,,,,,bounce for 2,000 miles across the most brutal terrain Alaska has to offer, at average speeds that don’t seem very high until you see pictures that prove it lives up to the tag line of Iron Dog….World’s Longest Toughest Snowmobile Race!!!
And like we already know this race is a form of addiction and I think we have a new recruit…..if we believe what he posted last night. “ Well #Team 4 is at the halfway point in Nome. I can honestly say this is the craziest, sketchiest, and most mentally draining thing I’ve ever done. I’m pumped we are sitting in a solid 7th place and should be able to make up some ground over the next few days. On a side note I don’t think I’m moving back to the Midwest” …..Bobby Menne accepted a seat to ride on Team 4 about 48 hours before the Safety Expo last Wednesday, one week ago, we met and I remember thinking he is in for an AWAKENING,,,,,he probably has gotten much more than he bargained for — but I bet he is the most stoked of all the 2016 racers…..HANDS DOWN!!!!
I started a photo album focused on Bobby’s hands from beginning to end and today I have a couple more pics that will be added from the “Barber Shop Boys” about their hand conditions upon arriving in Nome…..enjoy your Wrenching Wednesday…..the Live feed is working like a charm tune in if you can.
~~~~ HLF, Iron Dog Maiden, Den Mother, #irondog2016