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!Read Pdf ñ Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod Tells Her Story ç Libby Riddles wanted an adventure At the age ofshe left home for the snowy frontiers of Alaska, the Last Frontier There her love of animals drew her to the sport of sled dog racing When she entered the Iditarod, the famous marathon from Anchorage to Nome, she was just another Iditarod Nobody Twelve hundred miles later, having conquered blizzards, extreme cold, and exhaustion, she and her dogs crossed the final stretch of sea ice, miles ahead of the nearest competitor and suddenly she realised I will be the first woman to win the Iditarod This is the story of a courageous woman and her heroic dogs This is the story of Libby Riddles s adventure I give the book Race Across Alaska First Women to Win the Iditarod 5 stars Libby Riddles is a Wisconsin girl who trains and mushes dogs in Alaska She decides to race in the Iditarod She races in 50 degree weather, encounters old washing machines, frostbite, and her sled brakes a few times as well One day along the trail, a terrible storm broke out and Libby was the only musher brave enough to sled though the storm She made it out alive and well and not only that, she had a huge lead Rea I give the book Race Across Alaska First Women to Win the Iditarod 5 stars Libby Riddles is a Wisconsin girl who trains and mushes dogs in Alaska She decides to race in the Iditarod She races in 50 degree weather, encounters old washing machines, frostbite, and her sled brakes a few times as well One day along the trail, a terrible storm broke out and Libby was the only musher brave enough to sled though the storm She made it out alive and well and not only that, she had a huge lead Read the book to see if she will win I absolutely love anything having to do with dogsledding, so this book was right up my alley It s a blow by blow account of Libby s Iditarod win, without much beyond that there are some sidebars with a littleinformation about dogsledding and the Iditarod , but I found it fascinating. Libby Riddles is the first woman to win the Iditarod sled dog race in 1985 This is her race autobiography Thru her retelling of the tale, readers learn about the race, the dogs, the weather, and all the little hardships that go along with the Iditarod trail From an old washing machine in the middle of the trail, moose carcasses, negative 52 degree weather, broken sleds, doggy frostbite, dogs in heat, and even bootie piracy I mean dog booties , Libby experiences a lot of bad luck and not only Libby Riddles is the first woman to win the Iditarod sled dog race in 1985 This is her race autobiography Thru her retelling of the tale, readers learn about the race, the dogs, the weather, and all the little hardships that go along with the Iditarod trail From an old washing machine in the middle of the trail, moose carcasses, negative 52 degree weather, broken sleds, doggy frostbite, dogs in heat, and even bootie piracy I mean dog booties , Libby experiences a lot of bad luck and not only lives to tell, but crosses the finish line first, two and a half hours before anyone else.It was actually her braving a nasty storm and the Northern Winds that got her ahead She was the only one to dare it and it worked Wow Pretty amazing Libby gives most of the credit to her dogs tho I really liked learning about the dogs and their different personalities and how she determined who goes where in the line up It fails to hit the five star mark due to layout issuesthan writing It is done in a newspaper column like format and most of the time, half the page the inner column is a complete blank It makes the book appear twice as long as it is I wouldn t have minded so much if they had filled in the blank spaces with pictures Preferrably dog pictures or the pictures that Libby says she took Where are the waterfall pictures Nevertheless, a fun and educational read Gee Right on, Libby I m not even sure why I am so fascinated by Alaska Maybe it s because I much prefer the winter over the summer I hate heat and I hate sweating , so places like Hawaii don t have a huge draw for me Instead I d love to go somewhere cold and snowy, with the northern lights dancing above, where the sun doesn t come above the horizon for most of the winter I am not sure how well I d handle living there although I like to think I d be okay at least in a village , but I would definitely like to vi I m not even sure why I am so fascinated by Alaska Maybe it s because I much prefer the winter over the summer I hate heat and I hate sweating , so places like Hawaii don t have a huge draw for me Instead I d love to go somewhere cold and snowy, with the northern lights dancing above, where the sun doesn t come above the horizon for most of the winter I am not sure how well I d handle living there although I like to think I d be okay at least in a village , but I would definitely like to visit.It was a given, then, that I would enjoy this book What s not to love This is an autobiography of Libby Riddles s winning trek on the Iditarod, a 1,000 mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome You have to be physically tough and mentally so, as there is very little sleep to be gotten on the trail It amazed me that Riddles would sleep only for an hour or an hour and a half when she pulled into checkpoints after being on the trail for at least eight hours She described feeling like she was in a trance for large stretches of the trail, so tired that she kept dozing off It s then that the brilliance and athleticism of her dog team shone They kept her going in the right direction, even when they were in the lead without the benefit of the scent of any prior dogs having forged the trail ahead I loved reading about how much she cared for her dogs She described each of them and their differing personalities so that the reader felt that she got to know the dogs as well And any time she doubted her dogs but they stubbornly ignored her and managed to keep her on the correct path, she apologized to them profusely The incredible love and care she took for her dogs was heart warming, and it s only right that she won the humanitarian award as well.It was also amazing to read about all the help she and the other racers received on the trail The hospitality of the folks that live along the route is just amazing To open up your home at all hours of the day and night and to cook for hungry and exhausted humans and allow them to dry their stinky, sweaty gear all over your house shows a great deal of compassion and love for one s fellow human I enjoyed the format of the book as well At first, I was a little confused as to why the writing was only on the outer edges of each page, but with the first encylopedic blurb in smaller font in the middle, I realized how handy it was as a format I really enjoyed those little blurbs, with information on everything from the history of the race to commemorate the dog teams who ran a very important diphtheria serum to Nome to save the lives of native children there to the breeds of the racing dogs to how people felt about Riddles s chances at the win I felt these blurbs gave evendepth to Riddles s story.I really like what Riddles said at the end about being the first woman to win the Iditarod I had never thought much about being the first woman to win the race I thought of myself as just a sled dog racer, not a woman sled dog racer But there was no denying that if my winning encouraged other women not to underestimate themselves, then I was happy to have helped It s just that I considered it accidental Very highly recommended This is incredibly well written, and it pulls the reader so fully into the story of Riddles s trek that she feels she s right there in the sled with her