Iditarod Live: The Sled Blog

Polar bear patrol with Sebastian Schnuelle - 11/15/2012 6:09 pm

Seavey on why he sued: 'I feel like I'm doing the right thing' - 5/22/2012 5:14 pm

Jonrowe wins dog care award; Mackey honored for sportsmanship - 3/18/2012 9:44 pm

Happy trails - 3/16/2012 2:47 pm

Third-place Ramey Smyth: 'I almost didn't get to the start line' - 3/16/2012 7:15 am

Meet the Sled Dogs: Colleen & Penny - 3/15/2012 7:09 pm

WATCH: Rapping dog musher finishes Iditarod, raps about the race - 3/15/2012 3:37 pm

Mackey: 'It wasn't the stellar performance I was expecting' - 3/15/2012 12:47 pm

25-cent showers

From Kyle Hopkins in McGrath --

Here at the McGrath checkpoint, Iditarod volunteers are sleeping in the city courtroom while 31 replacement sleds sit on the snow outside.

About a third of mushers take their mandatory 24-hour layover here, where you can buy a hot shower for 25 cents, six minutes at a time.(There's a secret can of quarters for mushers.)

We're here because bad weather kept us from landing in Rainy Pass and we made a turbulent dash through Windy Pass. Better to cross the Alaska Range today, rather than be stuck in Anchorage tomorrow.

The trail leading into McGrath is hard and fast, promising a rough ride, said Mark Cox, head checker. "This is the kind of year that you see a lot of people coming in with bruises and feeling pretty beat up."

© Copyright 2011, The Anchorage Daily News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service