Monday morning update: Michelle is 13 miles out of Kaltag where the current temperature is -36F/-38C. Michelle and her team are averaging an impressive 8.5 mph but have dropped a few spots to 17th.
There are several teams on the trail who are leapfrogging one another, Michelle and rookie Jason Campeau among them. As the race wears on, teams with fuel in the tank will steadily move upward in the standings, while those running on fumes will fall behind or drop out.
Michelle has proven herself to be the veteran she is by patiently banking rest even when that means letting other teams pass her. She’s running her own race and it’s showing.