Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Above is the lay down area at the dock that served as the machine rest area [taken in the morning], team 20 came in while I was there. High security, no work can be done on the machines during the 10 hour rest time.
At right we have the support team for #35 outside Northern. Later in the afternoon they were all down at the airstip waiting for some parts to arrive for one of team 35 machines.
About an hour after they left the rest area team Main #22 gassed up in front of me at the infamous Nain gas bar. Extra stainless steel tanks at the rear and gas containers of all sizes hanging off the machines. .
On exiting Nain the teams took different routes to the next check point of Wedge Hills over the Quebec border. Some headed more south and some more straight in before turning north. I guess gambles were made on the safest and quickest route up onto the height of land. With names like pearly gates and devils hole one can understand why the caution.
This morning 22, 29 and 31 are battling it out for the lead with about 160 K to go to Kuujjuaq. Team 39 is west of Nain yet to turn north. Unfamiliarity with the area seems to have cost some teams time and distance.
Once in Kuujjuaq there is a mandatory 16 hour rest period before heading straight down to Lab City.