An update from Gerry as the sun sets on the first full day of racing in the Eukanuba Stage Stop:
Yesterday was the “ceremonial start,” to speak in Iditarod terms: a quick 2-mile run through the heart of Jackson. Today was the first “real” stage, a 32-mile run in the hills west of Driggs, Idaho. 10 inches of new snow overnight obliterated the trail, and most teams barely averaged 10 mph. A lot of teams trotted more than they had in years. Unofficial times have me in second place behind defending champion Buddy Streeper, and just ahead of Streeper’s b-team. This current placing is way ahead of my expectations, and I will likely drop on the rankings. But I’ll do everything to avoid that.
Standings posted on the race’s Facebook page have Gerry averaging 10.2 mph on Saturday, with an elapsed time of three hours, seven minutes and 38 seconds.