The winner of this year’s Iditarod Trail sled dog race, a landmark event in Alaska, is finally hoping to be able to return home to Norway after coronavirus restrictions and flight cancellations left him stuck for months , reported the Anchorage Daily News.
Thomas Waerner and his 16 dogs dominated the race in mid-March in the city of Nome, Ala, while the coronavirus was spreading in the United States. Waerner was unable to return to his family, trapped like so many travelers by the pandemic.
Airlines have had to adapt to an abrupt drop in demand and borders around the world have closed. President Trump announced new travel restrictions on Sunday due to the virus for many foreign nationals who recently traveled to Brazil.
According to the Daily News, Waerner is impatient to find his wife and five children, who missed his birthday, which is now 10 years old. Now he may have a chance on an old plane that is scheduled to leave Fairbanks next month for an aviation museum in Norway.
“My wife takes care of 35 dogs, children and works as a veterinarian,” he added. And so, when he comes back to Norway, “” yes, my dear, “will be the answer to everything. “