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TWO MEN, ONE GOAL
24 November 2011
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DAY 25: I AM MOVING BUT I DON´T GO ANY FORWARD

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!!

 

Comments
ALVARO
26 November 2011
01:53 H
Hola Albert.

No me conoces, pero soy muy amigo de Jose Arimany de Barcelona, y soy un gran admirador de la gente que como tú, tiene la gran "fuerza de voluntad", y "los cojones" de intentar retos como el que que estás haciendo ahora, con un sacrificio, para mí, por encima de lo terrenal.
Tan solo te mando muchos ánimos para que llegues hasta el final, y espero algún día tener el privilegio de conocerte en persona y escuchar las muchas anécdotas de este gran viaje, en solitario, a los confines de la tierra.

No desfallezcas.
Te sigo a dirio en el blog.

ALVARO
-assumpta
25 November 2011
12:26 H
.......el .sr, -rousaud te rao, , lo principal es seguritat i salud, que t, espera molta gent, si tens seny, ja arrivaras lluny sense forçar la m,aquina
Carlinhos
25 November 2011
11:51 H
Albertinho, quien dijo fácil ???? ;)
Bien xaval, que això per a tu és una primicia del que està per arribar: màquina total !!!. Les grans gestes es realitcen amb petites accions, i cada dia (encara que siguin 15 km) van sumant a favor teu. No dubtis que estàs fent història, ja que el fet d'estar tot sol en una aventura com aquesta, es quelcom impensable per la majoria dels que et seguim fa molts anys: aquesta si que és gorda !!!! Ànims i força.
SEJO
25 November 2011
11:05 H
Albeeert, desanimat??? no S'avia que coneixies aquesta paraula, ara si que mas deixat parat.

Has comentat, que, "ara que estas "sol", els missatges de la gent t'ajuden a tirar endavant...." SOOOOL ???? nano, no pots imaginar la quantitat de gent que estem seguin i animant la teva/nostra aventura, no crec que mai, hagis estat tant acompanyat a la teva vida.
Potser no pots veure, però creu-me, si et dic, que som moltíssims els qui som amb tu, si mires erera, podràs sentir-nos a tots i cada un de nosaltres.

Ànims i endavant!!! (ara que.... també s'ha de sapiger dir prou si les coses es torcen, no fotis, nosaltres estarem amb tu, igualment, saps de sobres)

pd. Va fer molta llussio el mail de la Montse, vaig passar a tots els Trikis, moltes gracies
Laia
25 November 2011
09:52 H
Albert,

Com a la Teresa Lozano, a mi tampoc no em coneixes, però sàpigues que segueixo amb emoció cadascun dels teus passos (els que descrius i els que m'imagino). Sàpigues que l'esforç i la teva lluita del dia a dia té l'alè dels qui t'empenyem amb la força del pensament. Sàpigues que aquí, a la meva taula de feina, en el meu ordinador, la pestanya POL SUD 1911-2011 és el primer que obro quan engego la màquina a les vuit del matí. En fi... Una gran abraçada,
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