Saturday was a day to recover and rest. I chose to race the Tanana River Challenge. A 100K ski race from Nenana to Fairbanks that was shortened to 75K because of open water at the mouth of the Chena River (river that flows through Fairbanks). Mountain bikers on fat tire bikes and skijors (skiers pulled by dogs) were also in the race.
I stayed with a college friend of mine Jim Lokken (Jim won the Tanana River Challenge race) and his family. Jim born and raised in Fairbanks is a well known high school science teacher, ultra-distance athlete and outdoorsman in Alaska.
Researcher Elizabeth Webb and Field Technician John Krapek picked me up at their office at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and we drove south on the Parks Highway to Healy where the research site is located.