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Hello from Antarctica, day 24. Camp position 81 degrees 13 decimal 960 minutes, position West 080 degrees 57 decimal 183 minutes. Travel time 9 hours distance 7 miles. Not as good as yesterday, but, yea you know we do the ground white out thing here and we suffer 30 to 40 knots winds in your face and make you blind, yea we got that here. So definitely a butt kicker of a day, but even though it was a butt kicker I still did more miles than I'd ever done in similar conditions, again thanks to Hannahs stage advice there, most extreme skier in this route in the world. So it was actually a pretty good day even though about noon I started bonking so I started hitting the chocolate and then, boy by three, four o'clock I was draggin butt. So I'm gonna try and get a little bit better sleep tonight, I slept horribly last night, trying to make some decisions, gosh dang, need some advil pm or some such thing here. Not too bad today, I mean, fortunately even though it was total white out, I uh, the ground was actually quite smooth, so I probably only fell over maybe 3 times, I mean, when I fell into a hole, it was funny, until I was in the hole I couldn't see it, I got back out of the hole to where I was standing I couldn't see it again, I mean it was incredible. Sleds crashed a couple times, uh, no surprise there. Waxed up Charlie Red, Charlie's the name of both my sleds, ones red and ones blue, cuz of bag color. And I noticed the brackets are starting to bend, so hopefully it holds on for maybe another week or 2, before it breaks and before I get really crippled here. I'm gonna keep forging on as a unsupported, having a good time even though I'm totally gettin worked and I'll probably be the slowest time to the Pole since the 90's but, I guess when you show up to Anarctica with a lung infection and not exactly knowing how to travel properly here, yea well, I guess that's the way it works. An Antarctic tid bit, there are what I call ground white outs and complete white outs. What I experienced today was a ground white out, where the cloud cover completely obliterates the perspective on the ground with no shadow. A complete white out is where the cloud cover matches the ground and you literally see nothing but white. So the ground white out I experienced today is like, imagine going through a construction zone that's rebar, concrete and rubble all sticking out all covered in ice, you gotta go through with skis on and your dragging your heart lung machine, even though you wanna pitch the heart lung machine cause it weighs a lot, if you do you die. So put some hazy goggles on, paint everything white make no shadows and try spittering through lacy zone, that's pretty much what traveling through a ground white is like, it's very disorienting, it looks like your skis are hovering in space it's the weirdest thing ever. So needless to say it slows you down, it's extremely frustrating and emotionally taxing, I mean, not being able to see where your going, I mean it's, it's a least as, actaully no worse than foggy goggles, it would if I could switch to glasses but. Ground white out, oh gosh, I hope the sky clears, right now it's a total white out, I can't see the horizon at all so. Hopefully the weather improves for me tomorrow, just continuing forging South here. Having a good time, hope all is well and uh, I guess everybody's starting to get in that holiday mode again so enjoy it. Out!

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