Thursday, February 04, 2010

note from Janice Tower

Pierre and Cheryl,

I second Jeff 's comments about the hospitality of the volunteers and you, our race directors. I was fortunate to be able to stick around for awhile at the checkpoints which was an honest pleasure to visit with the volunteers, fellow racers and their families. I had an enjoyable event due to the extra time that I spent at Melgeorge's replenishing myself, problem solving and getting recon from race veterans. The information gave me the courage to head out into the darkness. I love the solitude of the trail and was in awe of the brilliant constellations of the moonless early evening Minnesota sky!

I particularly appreciated the welcoming attitude of folks in International Falls! The town folk there are the salt of the Earth! I learned a lot about lake fishery management, Walleye and harvesting Minnesota wild rice which apparently is far superior to "paddy rice."
Thanks to Anton for the ride back to The Falls and for the education on local history and culture. I hope that others took advantage of the opportunity to learn about northern Minnesota. Thanks also to Dick and Karen at the Tee Pee Motel, who made sure I was comfortable and well taken care of.

I do wish you continued success in growing this race while maintaining its adventurous character. I expect that other Alaskans will be eager to come down and take on the challenge.




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