RUBY, Alaska — Iditarod mushers cover long distances across some of the most beautiful terrain imaginable.
But even great beauty can become monotonous when you are riding or pushing at the back of a column of dogs for a thousand miles.
To overcome the burden of distance, each musher has a favorite form of entertainment. Something to take their mind off the miles, something to carry them across a few of those thousand miles blissfully unaware.
For veteran musher Jeff King, it's partly in these lyrics.
"Oh, no, not I, I will survive
As long as I know how to live, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live, I've got all my love to give
And I'll survive, I will survive, hey, hey"
"The dogs are getting sick of me singing it," King said during a stop in Ruby.
King listens to an iPod shuffle on the trail. When he sleeps, he listens to new-age music to take his mind off the cold and to limit the distractions that can take you out of the competition.