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Waking up in the morning and get ready to hit the trail in the wee hours. A great shot from Wilco van den Akker.

ITI 2015

Wow, already been a year. Just received official word that I will be returning to next years race to tackle another 100 miles along the Iditarod Trail, this time on the Southern Route. Each year the race alternates so I felt I need to ride the ying and the yang. Not to mention, I gained some much experience and knowledge having done the race my first time I feel the need to apply that one more time. I will try to come up with some new and interesting ways to tell this next chapter. Please offer any suggestions in the comments section!
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Refueling on the trail en route to Puntilla Lake and Rainy Pass. By Frank Jans

I would like to thank Bean Around the World coffee and Pete Boeda who without anything in return donated heaps of coffee and schwag in support of the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational race.

I put the beans in my trailmix and enjoyed some cowboy coffee on the trail but best of all, they shipped bags of coffee to the home of Peter & Tracy Schneiderheinze – hosts of the 350 mile finish line – for everyone to enjoy upon finishing. Thanks guys!

tripod flat cabin

Taking note of the history that has taken refuge here through the years. The Tripod Flats safety cabin is a living archive for past adventures and a memorial to decades of sweaty socks and dehydrated meals.

elim house
Nice views – Andy Heading taking a little shelter an abandoned home in “old” Elim en route to the new and improved Elim

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An Iditarod sled dog team approaches the sea ice crossing at Norton Sound.

At times we looked like aliens on this terrain, contrasted with the mushers and their teams floating across the landscape.

Out there, somewhere, in the middle of nowhere. — with Andy Heading.

Our memory crushes time and distance down like pop can underfoot. Many of the sections just become a blur.

A sled dog gets some well earned lovin’ from a fan at the finish line in Nome, Alaska.

In an era where its harder and harder to get up close and personal with sports stars, the Iditarod fans can still be hands on with the prized athletes.

(The new) Old Woman’s Cabin along the portage between Kaltag and Unalakleet. One of the more iconic safety cabins on the trail.

Perhaps an adventure fat bike race is no place for romantics. I would argue that in particular, the Iditarod Trail Invitational is in fact an idyllic place for such sentimentalists. For me all of its nuances are what make this race special. Experiencing the history, written on the walls of the safety cabins and wafting in the air from the wood burning stoves was worth every mile pedaled.