Biking the Iditarod

UPDATED: Where in the World Is Jill Homer?

On today's show, we heard from runner Geoff Roes. He'd been forced by bad ankles to drop out of the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational. Now he's waiting for news of his girlfriend, snow cyclist Jill Homer.

The leaderboard shows Homer has left the Rohn checkpoint at mile 210 after an unexpectedly long stay. Race organizers Bill and Kathi Merchant, who were with her there, have reached Nikolai (at mile 300). Homer hasn't, at least according to the latest — quite possibly iffy — leaderboard. (UPDATE: "Jill Homer was reported about 20 miles from Nikolai and told people she was going to rest however she seemed fine and we should hear from her fairly soon."

Roes was hopeful that Homer would pull on into McGrath this morning, but I just talked to cyclist Rocky Reifenstuhl and there's no sign of her there. Reifenstuhl says he's about to set off for Nome. We'll keep our fingers crossed for Homer.

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According to a brand-new message on the messageboard from Dan McDonough, Bill and Kathi Merchant reported passing Jill at Bison Camp.

Sent by Sarah G | 12:56 PM | 2-29-2008

Jill has just been reported 20 miles from Nikolai, tired but healthy. Judging by her slowed pace and long breaks, she appears to be struggling but is still on the trail.

Sent by T. | 1:55 PM | 2-29-2008