Still "thinking on the feet" following 300 kilometers

Author: Fredrik Ljone Holst (transl. Tove Tronslien)     Photo: Egil Scott Jensen     Publish date: 02.02.13 21:01

Half way into the race, Arnt Ola Skjerve is still in the lead, and he firing off commentaries at the arrival at Tynset I

Photo: ScottPhoto 2013

Since Arnt Ola did not rest at checkpoint at Søvollen, the first question from the announcer at Tynset was whether he would be resting at Tynset. The question comes with a reminder that perhaps he doesn’t have too much time as Emil Inauen is only mere hour behind him in the tracks.

"It will likely more than an hour until the Suisse makes it here," Arnt Ola fires back so quickly it almost seems rehearsed.

The 11 dogs left in the team, following Arnt Ola leaving one behind at Søvollen are all looking good and he has kept a steady pace since Søvollen.  He used four hours and 16 minutes, which equates to an average speed of 13,1 kilometer per hour.

As the first to arrive at Tynset, Arnt Ola received a caribou buck. Between handling his dogs he also has time to think of the prize for the first to arrive at Grimsbu checkpoint, a suite case of cash. Thinking quick on his feet, Arnt Ola says; “If the suit case holds enough money, this may not be the place to take too long of a break.”

And Exactly how long of a rest his planning at Tynset before starting the leg around Folldal – he won't say.