Day 18: Slogging into Fierce Headwinds
Slogging into fierce headwinds
Today's weather: 5 octas high cirrus, wind 25 - 35 knots SSW.
Today was another day of slogging into fierce headwinds. 30 knots may not sound like much, but combined with the cold it is one step away from a Jack London short story.
In 30 knots the ground looks like a river of blowing snow. The granules are dense, so they do not rise more than a foot above the ground. In more powerful gusts, the layer of spindrift is so thick you can hardly see your skis.
Skiing in 30 knot headwinds we are bent over forwards, and the sleds feel like they weigh a ton; and of course our speed is very slow. Picture the workout. Now picture it for 9 hours virtually without letup.
However we do pause every 45 minutes or so, to put a high calorie snack in our mouths, to be eaten on the move. Not that we are in a hurry, but if we stop even for 30 seconds, our bodies quit producing heat. On the move we are very warm. The key is to know the rules and play by them to the letter.
For snacks we have a substantial quantity of "Ray's cookie bars" which are something you would not want to eat much of at home without gaining weight. They are made with 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk, 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, handfuls of chopped nuts and coconut, and graham cracker crumbs. I plan on patenting the recipe when I get home. Only kidding.
In addition we snack on chunks of Chilean Gouda cheese and sliced dry salami, and small, hard candies by the mouthful.
Evening camp: S 82° 53.436' W 83° 0.798'
Today's mileage: 12.7