We have arrived yesterday night, around 10pm, after never ending drive through Norwegian mountains (whole country "is mountains"). We drove the steep road from the valley up the steepest mountain and arrived after 15hrs of driving to the parking place by Ranten Hotel. We had to check race's website, if this was really the right place. Luckily photos on the website matched the building, so we knew, that we made it and arrived at time and even landed on the right mountain - otherwise there were no signs of dogs or even people. We've expected some organizers, but nothing and nobody was here. Before midnight all the dogs were fed, rested and did their last toilet for the day and we fell asleep.
|Packing the sled|
In the morning, there were no signs of any activity outside, first car with sled on the roof came around 11am and later even organizers arrived and started marking parking spots, with bib numbers sprayed on the ground. We've missed our spot by one meter, which was quite unexpected achievement.
The day went by, packing, eating, taking dogs out, sleeping, etc. The night start went well, no dogs ran away, got stuck in other teams, etc. and with help of volunteers I helped Katerina to the start line.