Neff violated the trail procedure rule that states: “All teams must follow the trail as marked or as instructed by the race marshal.”
Well. That seems dumb. Isn't this supposed to be a race of skill, talent, and physical prowess? If people think they can shave time off by going and bushwacking, more power to them. So long as they make it to the checkpoints, and they don't use roads, that's all that should matter. But saying `there's one way between these two points` is silly.
In fact, call me old fashioned, but I wouldn't mind seeing the trail go away. I've got no illusions this'll happen, but in the dim and distant yesteryear, the mushers had to make their own way along. Hard? Sure. But the 'Quest bills itself as the toughest race on earth.