The cold cannot be underestimated as a critical element in this segment of the race. All four front runners admitted that gear was tested. John Baker, who is probably more habituated and attuned to cold weather than anyone, was using gloves in the checkpoint chute to take off dog boots. Usually he is seen barehanded, casually attending to dog chores.
Burmeister and Seavey will rest as long as possible in Unk. If Baker and Zirkle allow it, Seavey hopes to get 4 hours rest, which he feels is sufficient to recharge his already animated team
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