Hours of journey: 8h30
Km./Day: 15,5 - Accumulative: 125,6Km.
Today I'm a bit under the weather. It's been now 4 days that I spent more than 8 hours pushing to the limit, making a massive effort, coping with constant and strong winds, and suffering quite a lot of pain from a poorly healed feet ( specially the right ankle ) ; and I almost cannot reach or surpass the 15 Km mark per day. I have the feeling of not going any forward.
The area where I am, is of constant uphill and with the sledge it looks much steeper, and the surface is still full of holes, sastruguis, irregularities and soft snow at times. It feels like being in the Dakar or the Marathon des Sables, and always going through dunes and sandbanks.
On top of that, something stupid happened to me and very annoying: I'm not sure how I was wearing my BUFF and my wind mask I always wear, that with some wind they has frozen, catching my beard in between! I could not hardly bring the BUFF down nor the mask to see. When I reached the tent, I've had to wait to defrost in order to release it, as it was incredibly painful. As Amundsen already said you can't grow your beard in the Pole...
Now I'm really into the daily routines, but one can never fully adapt to it. Today is one of those days where I can't see how is the end, and how long this adventure will last if I can move forward. It is one of those days where it feels really good to know that there are a lot of people that is following me because it's highly motivating and also it prevents of feeling so lonely in these remote lands.
The good news is that tomorrow, weather allowing, I will pass the Latitude Degree 81. Still 9 to go, but I'm really happy to have at least crossed un degree and change Parallel.
I DEDICATE THIS JOURNEY TO:
All of you. To those who are following this expedition through our site, and very specially to the ones that are leaving a message every now and then.
Every time I go to one of these adventures the fact of reading support messages left on the site it's fantastic. But this time, being as I am, in the most absolute loneliness, in the middle of the Antarctic ice, your company not only motivates me, but I would even say it becomes necessary.
I cannot connect to the Internet from here and I am receiving messages every two or three days. You wouldn't imagine the party that goes on in here when I get them. The struggle, the effort, the cold the monotony, the distance from home, the incommodities, and the diverse pains, etc... are much better managed knowing that you are at the other end of the screen.
¡125 Km. of thanks...that I hope they will become 1.180 thanks in the end!!