Eagle, AK - It was a day of attrition on the Yukon Quest trail Saturday as mushers left the eagle checkpoint and headed for Circle. Two experienced teams unexpectedly returned to Eagle to scratch from the race.
When Cody Strathe left Eagle early in the morning, his dog team seemed happy to make their way down the trail. But Strathe said he knew better. “The last few days, the dogs have been giving me signs that they had issues,” he said, “but in my head, I keep saying ‘Oh we’re good, if we can get through this, we can just keep going’ and you can only do that so many times.”