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Insight into early Iditarods from Joe May

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Joe May & Sugar 1979 Iditarod
Photo provided by David Lowry, Joe May & Sugar in 1979 Iditarod
~Click on Photo for larger view~

Always an innovator, Joe says "that was before straw was shipped out on the trail for bedding. I sent burlap sandbags out with my feed to bed dogs on. Sugar was a leader on loan from Donna Gentry and somewhat short coated and I recall Rhone was a deep freeze. I made her the coat from one of the sandbags. Was possibly the first bedding (other than spruce boughs) and dog coat used on the Iditarod."

S/Joe May

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