It's been a long time since I experienced a long stretch of sunny warm weather in Nome. It's been almost 20 degrees every day, bright sunshine and no wind. I haven't seen anything like it in quite a while. Usually if it's sunny with no wind it's cold cold cold -20 or colder. The last storm or any significant wind was weeks ago. Iditarod and the ITI appear to be encompassed in pretty perfect conditions. The lack of wind no storm and high sun have glazed the trail.
The next week is loaded with Iditarod events around town. One of my favorites is the Nome-Golovin snow machine race which occurred today. It's hard not to get the fever of wanting to race this 200 mile cross country run to Golovin and back. The record is something like a little over 2 hrs, that is almost averaging 100 mph. We went to watch which was neat to see all the hubbub.
Here's a little excerpt close to the finish.
Untitled from Philip Hofstetter on Vimeo.