On the eve of Iditarod, 4th Avenue in Anchorage is being transformed from a regular city street to a trail covered in clean snow for mushing. One right after the other, trucks dump loads at intervals along the avenue. Graders follow to smooth the snow into a three inch trial. A thicker trail creates problems for parking the dog trucks and a thinner trail proves challenging for the sled drivers in braking. Mushers will begin arriving early in the morning to get situated for the 10:00 Ceremonial Start of Iditarod XLVII. Idita-riders will enjoy an eleven mile run to Campbell Airstrip. Thousands of spectators will line the street and the trail out to the BLM. It’s a spectator’s paradise for mushing fans. God Speed to all!