Miss Alli: What...the...
Brennan: It was just the bottomless...what did we call it? The Pocket Universe.
Rob: Yeah. They've got a Pocket Universe in their backpacks.
Miss Alli: [laughing] Well, that's -- and everything was always so clean! And ironed, and it looked...
Rob: Rolled and pressed!
Miss Alli: They were so...they were so clean! Remarkable! At least I thought it was remarkable. 'Cause a lot of the time with a lot of the rest of y'all, no offense, but it looked like you probably stunk.
Brennan: Yeah, right. Believe me, by the end of the race? It was when we were in Alaska -- that was the one place where we stayed where there was no place to shower, and I mean, you know, the musher's cabin, and that little bed and breakfast place, and...so you've got -- I had a thermal shirt on as the bottom layer, and so at times when we're running, like when we ran out to do the blanket-toss, you get sweaty at those points, and so you take all those clothes off, and you've got this sweaty shirt on underneath. By the time we got that thing to New York...you know, sometimes you smell people that have such bad B.O. that you're like, "How could you possibly get to that point?" It was at that point. I was embarrassed to be on the flight to Newark, because I was afraid the person sitting next to me was gonna think, "Who the hell is this guy, and why does he smell so bad?"
Miss Alli: [laughing] Excellent. That turned out to be a better question than I thought. And actually, speaking of packing, if you had it to do all over again, would you take anything with you that you didn't take?
Rob: We would leave things behind that we originally took. We had this fantastic all-weather tent, we had these sleeping bags...
Miss Alli: You did?
Rob: And some family in Zambia right now is enjoying our tent. [chuckle] We ditched a lot of stuff along the way just to lighten the load after we saw how the game was working and that we weren't going to need it.
Miss Alli: So you ditched that stuff pretty early.
Rob: Yeah, very early.
Brennan: Yeah, you know, we've been asked that question before, and I have never thought of anything that I would take that we didn't take. I would take more SwainBrain shirts [Shameless! Plug! Alert!], because we got all this advice from the mountain man at the local sporting goods store that we should be taking synthetic clothes and not cotton, just because you don't know what situations you're going to be in, and in the end it didn't matter. I should have taken more cotton shirts.