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In January I had raced in the Knik 200, which had followed these first few miles to Yentna Station. I’d only had twelve dogs, but now with four more, I felt like I had put another motor on my skiff. The sled hurled through the birch trees like a missile, and my hands cramped from squeezing the handle bow. After a couple of hours, we crossed Flat Horn Lake and I started seeing mushers parked in the trees. We had traveled more than forty miles, and I knew I should stop because the afternoon was getting warm, but I kept rejecting each good spot I found. As long as we were moving, things were less likely to go wrong. With young dogs most problems occur when you stop, their lines get tangled, or they get into a hassle with the dogs around them. The chances of losing the sled are also highest when you are dealing with such problems, so I was afraid to stop. But it seemed like everyone else in the race was resting in the woods. I started growing disgusted with my fear of stopping, but just could not do it. On and on I went, arguing with myself each time I passed up a good spot to park. I knew I must have gone past Jeff by now and his warning rang in my ears. “Do not pass me!”He had said it in a joking manner, but I knew what he had meant.
Table of ContentsMap - 6 Introduction Learning Curves and a Long, Long Trail - 7 Chapter 1 Not Exactly Bluegrass Country - 9 Chapter 2 A Volunteer on the Iditarod Trail - 14 Chapter 3 Good Coffee, but Short Coffee Breaks - 20 Chapter 4 Bootie Duty and Other Chores - 31 Chapter 5 Return to the Emerald Isle - 40 Chapter 6 Back in the Dog Yard - 44 Chapter 7 More than Gee and Haw - 48 Chapter 8 The Puppies and I - 58 Chapter 9 300 Miles?in a Day or Two - 66 Chapter 10 Baby Blue Eyes - 74 Chapter 11 Adrift - 81 Chapter 12 The Christmas Bash - 88 Chapter 13 Ten Dogs, Ten Times - 99 Chapter 14 Still Just a Little Girl - 109 Chapter 15 Finally?the Iditarod Start - 124 Chapter 16 The Ring of Warnings - 129 Chapter 17 An Iditarod Twist - 134 Chapter 18 Chilling Advice - 139 Chapter 19 Alone and Yet Not - 148 Chapter 20 No, the Insane Part Isn’t Over Yet - 155 Chapter 21 A View from the Back - 163 Chapter 22 Iditarod Pion - 168 Chapter 23 Cold, Dark Trails to Ophir - 173 Chapter 24 Takotna to Cripple?the Long Way - 178 Chapter 25 Among the Best - 186 Chapter 26 The Wonder of Fine Company - 193 Chapter 27 Scent of the Sea - 198 Chapter 28 Possibilities - 205 Chapter 29 Wind - 209 Chapter 30 Final Steps - 218 Epilogue Last Run - 222 Postscript - 223 About the Author – 224
What People are Saying About This
"If you wanted to run the 1,200 mile Iditarod with a crazed 850-pound team of sixteen huskies-then read Lisa Frederic's superb account of misadventures and success. She's forty, slightly built, a rookie completely new to the sport, but full of resolve. After a winter's apprentice with Iditarod Champ Jeff King, she runs the Iditarod-and reminds me that great adventures are more than just good planning."
1989 Iditarod Champion
"This is an inspiring story of a middle-aged woman who sets out to live her dream-pushing herself beyond her own physical and emotional limits-to achieve something she never thought possible. A great journey to follow."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this vivid account of a spirited individual with a zest for life who managed to go from curious observer of the Iditarod to crossing under the burled arch in Nome herself in just a few short years. I have a hunch some unsuspecting reader of this book will one day make such a life journey of his or her own."
Executive Director, Iditarod Trail Committee
"For Lisa, the dogs were champions long before they won a race. Their journey, hers and the dogs, needed no trophy to celebrate success. This is a great story for anyone who dreams of 'doing it' - no matter what 'It' is. If I had a tail, I'd be wagging it!"
won his fourth Iditarod with Salem winning the coveted Golden Harness Award 2006