2019 Yukon Quest - Fairbanks

Swedish musher Torsten Kohnert leaves the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks on Tuesday just before finishing the 2019 Yukon Quest. Kohnert finished in 7th place in slightly more than 10 days. Feb. 12, 2019. Robin Wood/News-Miner

FAIRBANKS — It wasn’t until I was back home in bed that I really had an opportunity to reflect and realize how incredible an adventure the Yukon Quest is. Of course, simply photographing the Quest is no measure of running the race — not to mention eventual winner Brent Sass was still 70-plus miles away at the final checkpoint of Two Rivers, and it would be days before the final mushers cross the finish line, all while I was warm and cozy.

Regardless, short of running the race, my experience feels unparalleled. Whether it was the epic road trip and Bush flights, checkpoint hubbub throughout Canada and Alaska, intimate moments between mushers and dogs, grand wilderness and the racers’ indeterminable grit to traverse and conquer those wilds.

Thank you for following along. I hope I was able to share even just a sliver of what life on the trail is like.

Contact Robin Wood at 459-7510.