Headwind, it looks tough. The trail is still as powdery, this means that it is slowly going. Again, the segment will be longer than expected. I decide to stay behind Robert, who is going a little slower than me: I am asleep on my skis because I didn’t really recover from yesterday’s stage. Not eaten enough, neither.
Around noon, the wind intensifies and you really have to fight to progress. The snow is flying and it’s really Alaska with a big A. Magnificent. I left Robert behind for a long time. This stage is shorter, 40km, I will not do more because a big stage is scheduled for tomorrow with 1150m of climbing.
The arrival on Finger Lake (CP3) is magnificent with the planes landing on the lake, on skis too. I arrive around 4 p.m., the wind is calm and I am very happy to arrive. I am happy to find Lars who was leading the race for skiers from the start. We eat a burrito provided by the organization and then we eat for 1 hour whatever comes in hand. The volunteers of the race are great. I collect my drop bag with food, batteries, hand warmers, treats and brownies for the next few days.
I go to bed at 7 p.m. in a large tent set up on the lake. Just near the stove. I wake up at 3:30 a.m. and fall asleep at 8 p.m. My batteries are recharging.