November 24, 2012November 24, 2012| | 0 Comment
Day 21 Antarctica. Camp position South 80 degrees 58 decimal 136 minutes, position West 080 degrees 57 decimal 203 minutes. Travel time 10 hours, distance a crushing 4.5 miles. The wheels came off today. I received my first cold injury called chilblains, it's on my hips, ummm, I don't know what it's from, I'm trying to figure out how to avoid the problem. Fortunately I purchased some fleece to protect the fuel tanks in my sleds, now I will be sewing them into my wind pants. My polar thigh guards actually worked really well, but what I'm doing and have to take the pants down in the wind, boy, torn up. So as long as I keep them from cracking and becoming open sores I'll be ok, but I gotta keep them warm and out of the wind somehow. Then about 2 hours in to it going up the second slop of steps, incredibly steep, didn't look like it, one of my ski slipped, snagged the skin and partially ripped it off, I was gonna try and repair it but realized becasue it was wet, the glue wouldn't stick so I ixnayed that and it was windy anyway and there was no way I was gonna fix it. So that was livable, I had to walk, that kinda sucked. But then crusher of crushers, one of my 2 sled rigs broke, the ski mount actually busted clean off. I looked at the design and realized that, it was great for flat tracking but crunching through harden snow and ice, it was destined to break so I think my other is gonna break. The sleds tracking better now which is an advantage but has a higher drag which is a huge disadvantage to me. Let me tell ya, that was pretty freaking crushing. So, um, just kind of having a serious reck of a day and especially 10 hours getting up at 4:430 to have all that happen. Oh my gosh, wow, I never expected that, but I guess you never do. So I'm on some sort of plateau area cause it looks super flat, you can actually see the curvature of the earth, give or take. I do see another rise ahead, I'm sure that will be another butt buster. Fortunately the weather is very nice at the moment, sunny and just a touch of light breeze, maybe a couple knots. Just gonna take some anti inflammatorys for those chilblains, I don't know what the heck I'm gonna do about that, boy that sucks, I gotta figure out what to do about that. Yea, let's see what else, positve things, it's a nice day (laugh). Hope all had a happy Thanksgiving to those in the states. Take care. Out!