Last night, before boarding we parked up in Trelleborg and let the dogs out one last time. They had been fed earlier but we took the opportunity to change their straw in the box (some of it was wet from the snow kicking up off the wheels and getting through the gaps in the box doors) and cutting their nails. It's just the first thing in a long line of "spa treatments" the dogs have to look forward to on the race. They get massaged, muscles stretched, paws moisturised and much more every day during the race, which I'm sure means they enjoy it much more than we do! Milos always lines up for his massage at the end of the day too but somehow he always misses out. ;-)
Anyway, we soon put those dreams to rest and got a few minutes sleep before the ferry. The journey went well and wasn't rocky at all - or perhaps it's because we were all comatose snug in our little cabin. This was a treat for us as we normally spend our ferry nights strewn across hard plastic chairs and wake with numb limbs from awkward sleeping positions. But weirdly we all woke much more tired than before. I guess our adrenalin crashed. Three or four coffees later we can now talk sense and we're on our way again.
The dogs are doing really well. But now they're getting very energetic. They haven't run for a couple of days now and anyone with sled dogs will tell you that's a long enough break to get their motivation back for anything! Strangely, we find that their first run after being in the trailer and resting so much is usually pretty lethargic so we will visit our friend in Germany and rest there for one night to try and get one training run in to stretch their legs a bit. Only about 800km to his place and we're already a couple of hundred KM's down.
Ooo... It's breakfast time for dogs so I have to go now... Updates later. :-)