My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian: Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod, the World's Most Grueling Race by Brian O'Donoghue

My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian: Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod, the World's Most Grueling Race by Brian O'Donoghue

Author:Brian O'Donoghue [O'Donoghue, Brian]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Humor, General, Sports & Recreation, Winter Sports, Travel, Special Interest, Adventure, United States, West, Pacific (AK; CA; HI; OR; WA)
ISBN: 9780679764113
Google: 52EbSFxqOq0C
Amazon: 0679764119
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 1996-03-19T00:00:00+00:00


“Good to see you so upbeat,” said race Judge Bill Bartlett.

“Why not,” I said. “This is fun, and it sure beats working.

“I’m not staying long,” I added, grinning through the ice clinging to my beard and mustache. “I’m picking up a headlamp, getting a beer at McGuire’s, and then I’m out of here.”

The time had arrived to execute the Coach’s strategy. McGrath, population 550, was a big noisy village. Iditarod teams seldom get much rest here. And the town has so many distractions that mushers inevitably waste a lot of time. So Mowry’s plan called for giving the dogs a short break, then pushing on to sleepy Takotna, about 25 miles ahead.

Bedding the dogs near the airstrip, I went shopping for a new headlamp. The prospects weren’t good. Alaska Commercial, McGrath’s main retail store, had already closed for the night. Checker Chris O’Gar came to my rescue. She fetched the manager, who graciously reopened the store and sold me a $32 headlamp. It was a cheap toy, producing a feeble, unfocused beam. But you take what you can get.

A package was waiting for me at the checkpoint: a box of chocolate chip cookies, baked by Shelley Gill, my old Frontiersman boss. “Congratulations,” read her note. “You’ve survived the hard part. The rest is a breeze.”



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