After the reports of deep snow on the first 150 miles of the Iditarod trail, the mushers were surprised to find excellent mushing conditions. The Alaska skies cleared, there were stars and bright moonlight and the temperature at Finger Lake checkpoint was 15 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit as the mushers arrived, reported Bruce Lee. The temperature is now 12 degrees in Skwentna with cloudy skies. Aliy Zirkle, 1989 Idiarod champion, is in the lead heading into Nikolai with John Baker, 2010 Idiarod champion, 22 minutes behind her. Lance Mackey, Kelly Griffin, and Jeff King are close behind. With many more days and hundreds of miles to go it is anyone’s race to win.