Hours of journey: 9h30' Accumulative: 220h15
Km./Day: 22 - Accumulative: 455,7 Km. Remaining to the South Pole: 689,5 Km.
Days of progress: 26 (22 Solo) - Inactive Days: 15 (0 Solo) - Total Days: 41
What a bad day... cold, windy, and once again a deadly surface... It might have been the worst day so far. I felt I could not get forward, it was impossible to go straight, and I even got into a giant sastruguis area (the biggest I've seen so far) from which I really thought I couldn't get out. I took 1h45 to do 2 Km. in this place. I even had to take out the skis and sticks to push & pull the sledge away from holes it could pass through!...and then, get back to the skis and start over again. With all that, I was able to do 22 Km., which is not that bad considering how challenging the day was.
I think that now I am at a key part of the adventure that is very mentally demanding. I haven't reached half of the whole mission, and I've been going and going with no rest for the last days, and the ground is complicated, very complicated at some moments. I need, however, to get to Parallel 85, to the Thiel Mountains, and look at it with a different perspective because this is tiring my mind.
The only positive thing of today is that the wound I had in my feet, which yesterday looked badly, didn't get any worse, and with the wrapping I did this morning, it has allowed me to walk with a much bearable pain. At the moment I took my socks out, I haven't even touched it, because tomorrow I will attack the journey with the same "reparation" I did today, and I will do it this way until it falls or it starts crying out loud for another reason.
Tomorrow will be an important day because if it is a good day I should be able to cross Latitude 84, and start heading to 85. I hope it will be more interesting and happier...
Yesterday I said I would make some other comments with subjects such orientation and other stuff I've done, but I'm half frozen and very tired so I will leave it for tomorrow... Good night everyone.