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Iditarod 2019 – Day 17

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogWhen I logged on this morning the GPS tracker said Cindy Gallea (53) finished in Nome. It turns out that Cindy actually scratched at Safety. She was down to 7 pups and pulled out in the best interests of the team.

The winds have picked up along the Bering Coast and the dogs don’t like running into the wind. Sarah Stokey had to be ‘lead dog’ for much of the last 150 miles into Nome to get the team across the line.

Standings at 4:55PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
31 Jessica Klejka (24)R
32 Alison Lifka (37)R
33 Michael Baker (41)
34 Sarah Stokey (52)
35 Anja Radano (2)
36 Blair Braverman (11)R
37 Jeremy Keller (48)
38 Kristin Bacon (8)
39 Victoria Hardwick (30)RΦ

Earlier finishers below the fold
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March 18, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 17

Iditarod 2019 – Day 16

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogRichie Beattie (50) has been withdrawn from the race following the death of Oshi, a 5-year-old female, probably from aspiration pneumonia. Seemingly this makes Ed Hopkins the rookie winner. Under the new rules, if a dog dies, the team is withdrawn if the musher doesn’t scratch voluntarily.

Standings at 10:00PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
21 Ed Hopkins (33)Q
22 Martin Buser (21)
23 Aaron Peck (47)
24 Charley Bejna (31)
25 Michi Konno (43)
26 Lance Mackey (44)
27 Jessie Holmes (5)
28 Martin Apayauq Reitan (39)Q
29 Ryan Santiago (49)R
30 Jason Campeau (12)
31 Jessica Klejka (24)R
32 Alison Lifka (37)R
33 Michael Baker (41)
34 Sarah Stokey (52)
35 Anja Radano (2)
36 Blair Braverman (11)R
37 Jeremy Keller (48)
Beyond Safety
38 Kristin Bacon (8)
Beyond White Mountain
39 Cindy Gallea (53)
40 Victoria Hardwick (30)RΦ
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March 17, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 16

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Éireann go Brách!

Irish Flag

 Shamrock

Well everyone agrees that he died on March 17th, but the year is subject to debate. This is his feast day on the Catholic calendar. Enjoy as you are wont.

Wikipedia has more on Saint Patrick’s Day, if you need more.

March 17, 2019   Comments Off on Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Iditarod 2019 – Day 15

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogI’m back to using the GPS.

Standings at 10:05PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
21 Richie Beattie (50)Q
22 Ed Hopkins (33)Q
23 Martin Buser (21)
24 Aaron Peck (47)
25 Charley Bejna (31)
26 Michi Konno (43)
27 Lance Mackey (44)
28 Jessie Holmes (5)
29 Martin Apayauq Reitan (39)Q
30 Ryan Santiago (49)R
31 Jason Campeau (12)
32 Jessica Klejka (24)R
Beyond Safety
33 Sarah Stokey (52)
Beyond White Mountain
34 Michael Baker (41)
35 Alison Lifka (37)R
At White Mountain
36 Blair Braverman (11)R
37 Anja Radano (2)
38 Jeremy Keller (48)
39 Cindy Gallea (53)
40 Kristin Bacon (8)
Beyond Elim
41 Victoria Hardwick (30)RΦ
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March 16, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 15

Iditarod 2019 – Day 14

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogRichie took ‘rookie of the year’ honors. He and Ed have been having their own race over that.

Earlier finishers are here.

Note: I’m using the GPS positions as the official standings are so slow to up date.

Standings at 10:00PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
21 Richie Beattie (50)Q
22 Ed Hopkins (33)Q
23 Martin Buser (21)
24 Aaron Peck (47)
25 Charley Bejna (31)
26 Michi Konno (43)
27 Lance Mackey (44)
28 Jessie Holmes (5)
Beyond Safety
29 Ryan Santiago (49)R
30 Martin Apayauq Reitan (39)Q
31 Jason Campeau (12)
Beyond White Mountain
32 Jessica Klejka (24)R
At White Mountain
33 Sarah Stokey (52)
At Elim
34 Michael Baker (41)
35 Alison Lifka (37)R
36 Anja Radano (2)
37 Kristin Bacon (8)
Beyond Koyuk
38 Blair Braverman (11)R
39 Victoria Hardwick (30)R
40 Cindy Gallea (53)
41 Jeremy Keller (48)Φ
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March 15, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 14

International Pi Day

Albert Einstein

3/14 is Albert’s birthday and

Π Day.

PiI assume you have all shopped for the perfect gift.

To start: Π ≅ 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399
3751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679….

March 14, 2019   2 Comments

Iditarod 2019 – Day 13

Iditarod 2019 MapSled Dog
Standings at 9:00PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
1 Peter Kaiser (9)
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
3 Jessie Royer (14)
4 Aliy Zirkle (19)
5 Travis Beals (51)
6 Matt Hall (3)
7 Paige Drobny (40)
8 Ramey Smyth (6)
9 Mitch Seavey (32)
10 Aaron Burmeister (38)
11 Richie Diehl (29)
12 Linwood Fiedler (15)
13 Jeff King (23)
14 Wade Marrs (36)
15 Jeff Deeter (25)
16 Kristy Berington (26)
17 Anna Berington (10)
18 Matthew Failor (17)
19 Seth Barnes (45)
20 Mats Pettersson (4)
Beyond White Mountain
21 Richie Beattie (50)Q
22 Ed Hopkins (33)Q
23 Martin Buser (21)
24 Aaron Peck (47)
25 Charley Bejna (31)
26 Michi Konno (43)
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March 14, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 13

Iditarod 2019 – Day 12

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogPeter arrived at the Burled Arch at 06:39:06 CDT with a race time of 9 days 12 hours 39 minutes 6 seconds. Joar came in 12 minutes 16 seconds later.

Sebastien Dos Santos Borges (46) scratched at Unalakleet in ‘the best interest of his team’.

Blair Braverman’s GPS unit hasn’t updated for 24 hours and there is no indication that anyone is checking on her.

Standings at 9:45PM CDT:

Finished at Nome
1 Peter Kaiser (9)
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
3 Jessie Royer (14)
4 Aliy Zirkle (19)
5 Travis Beals (51)
Beyond Safety
6 Paige Drobny (40)
7 Matt Hall (3)
Beyond White Mountain
8 Ramey Smyth (6)
9 Aaron Burmeister (38)
10 Mitch Seavey (32)
11 Richie Diehl (29)
12 Linwood Fiedler (15)
At White Mountain
13 Jeff King (23)
14 Wade Marrs (36)
15 Jeff Deeter (25)
Beyond Elim
16 Mats Pettersson (4)
17 Kristy Berington (26)
18 Anna Berington (10)
19 Seth Barnes (45)
20 Matthew Failor (17)
21 Aaron Peck (47)
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March 13, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 12

Iditarod 2019 – Day 11

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogAfter leading for half of the race Nicolas Petit (20) scratched at Shaktoolik essentially exhausted.

Lev Shvarts (13) scratched at Unalakleet in ‘the best interest of his team’.

Brett Bruggeman (35) at Shaktoolik and Niklas Wikstrand (42) at Kaltag have scratched in ‘the best interest of their teams’.

Ryan Redington (22) has scratched at Shaktoolik in ‘the best interest of his team’.

Standings at 8:30PM CDT:

Beyond White Mountain
1 Peter Kaiser (9)
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
At White Mountain
3 Jessie Royer (14)
Beyond Elim
4 Aliy Zirkle (19)
5 Matt Hall (3)
6 Travis Beals (51)
7 Paige Drobny (40)
8 Mitch Seavey (32)
At Elim
9 Aaron Burmeister (38)
Beyond Koyuk
10 Jessie Holmes (5)
11 Ramey Smyth (6)
12 Richie Diehl (29)
13 Jeff King (23)
14 Mats Pettersson (4)
15 Linwood Fiedler (15)
At Koyuk
16 Wade Marrs (36)
17 Kristy Berington (26)
18 Anna Berington (10)
19 Seth Barnes (45)
20 Jeff Deeter (25)
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March 12, 2019   6 Comments

Iditarod 2019 – Day 10

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogRobert Redington (34) scratched at Kaltag ‘in the best interests of his team.

Standings at 9:45PM CDT:

Beyond Koyux
1 Peter Kaiser (9)
2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
3 Jessie Royer (14)
Beyond Shaktoolik
4 Nicolas Petit (20)
5 Mitch Seavey (32)
6 Jessie Holmes (5)
7 Aliy Zirkle (19)
8 Matt Hall (3)
9 Travis Beals (51)
10 Matthew Failor (17)
11 Aaron Burmeister (38)
12 Paige Drobny (40)
At Shaktoolik
13 Ryan Redington (22)
14 Mats Pettersson (4)
15 Richie Diehl (29)
16 Jeff King (23)
17 Ramey Smyth (6)
18 Linwood Fiedler (15
Beyond Unalakleet
19 Wade Marrs (36)
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March 11, 2019   2 Comments

I Am Cursed Part II

It isn’t just my Congresscritter, but my Senators: Wow, Marco Rubio Is Dumb.

Rubio is the Trump lead in Congress on Venezuela. He is English/Spanish bilingual. Germán, a form of Herman, is not an uncommon given name in Latin America. A quick scan by a search engine would have located Senor Dam’s Twitter account.

I am truly cursed…

March 10, 2019   Comments Off on I Am Cursed Part II

Iditarod 2019 – Day 9

Iditarod 2019 MapSled Dog
[[!!Don’t forget the time change!!]]

Cindy Abbott has scratched at Iditarod. I’m not surprised as she has been taking longer rest stops and slowing. Cindy has climbed Mount Everest and completed the Iditarod. During one race she went 600 miles with a broken pelvis because she lives with the pain of Wegener’s Granulomatosis 24/7 and thought the pain was part of her condition. She continues until she doesn’t believe she can take adequate care of her team.

Standings at 8:30PM CDT:

Beyond Unalakleet
1 Nicolas Petit (20)
2 Peter Kaiser (9)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
4 Jessie Royer (14)
Beyond Kaltag
5 Mitch Seavey (32)
6 Matt Hall (3)
7 Jessie Holmes (5)
8 Aliy Zirkle (19)
9 Matthew Failor (17)
10 Paige Drobny (40)
11 Ryan Redington (22)
12 Aaron Burmeister (38)
13 Mats Pettersson (4)
14 Travis Beals (51)
15 Richie Diehl (29)
16 Linwood Fiedler (15)
17 Ramey Smyth (6)
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March 10, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 9

Iditarod 2019 – Day 8

Iditarod 2019 MapSled DogAccording to Sebastian Schnuelle at Kaltag: lots of wet snow and overflows [water over the ice] on the river. The temperature is in the mid 30s. The snow is deep and teams will have to break trail from Eagle Island to Kaltag and on to Unalakleet.

Emily Maxwell (18) and Marcelle Fressineau (27) both scratched at Iditarod “for the good of their teams.” The trail conditions are “warm & wet” with occasional rain in addition to wet snow.

[[!!Don’t forget the time change!!]]

Standings at 8:30PM CST:

At Kaltag
1 Peter Kaiser (9)
2 Nicolas Petit (20)
Beyond Eagle Island
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28)
4 Jessie Royer (14)
5 Matthew Failor (17)
6 Mitch Seavey (32)
7 Aliy Zirkle (19)
8 Ryan Redington (22)
9 Jessie Holmes (5)
10 Richie Diehl (29)
11 Ramey Smyth (6)
12 Paige Drobny (40)
13 Matt Hall (3)
14 Linwood Fiedler (15)
15 Travis Beals (51)
At Eagle Island
16 Aaron Burmeister (38)
17 Mats Pettersson (4)
18 Lev Shvarts (13)
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March 9, 2019   Comments Off on Iditarod 2019 – Day 8

Daylight Savings Time

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

Spring forward, Fall back.

Just to screw up your life, don’t forget that Congress has stolen 2:00 to 2:59AM Sunday from you. They should at least have the decency to wait until the equinoxes to do this sort of thing. There’s barely enough daylight to do what needs to be done, much less save.

It’s a government conspiracy to make you late for church 😈

March 8, 2019   2 Comments