Day 30: The Half-Way Point
Blue skies, light wind, (SSE 10 to 15) it almost seems that summer has finally come to Antarctica. Enjoy it while it lasts. The terrain was not as severe. And the scenery was absolutely spectacular with mountains all around.
Today was our best day ever, mileage wise (16.0) but much more than that, enjoyment wise. We have paid our dues to this point, and we are enjoying this trip to the max. Where else could you find so much elbow room, and an ultra-pristine landscape? A month without seeing anyone, and not one shred of trash.
As we skied along in single file, we each listened to our music, each lost in thought. The time does not drag on; it just seems to fly.
I find so much pleasant to think about here. I suppose it is because there is no outside negative influences. No bad news from the media, no advertisements, no daily, hourly, and by the minute turmoil of society to have to deal with. So the mind is free to soar.
This afternoon we reached 85 south. At the estimated spot we drew a line across the snow indicating the latitude, a customary gesture. Five down, five to go. That means we have reached the half-way point on our journey.
Health-wise we are both doing great. We're slowly losing weight, but not nearly as much as we expected. We have not taken a proper bath in a month, and our clothing needs laundering, but that is not an option, so we don't worry about it. Some of our gear is starting to wear out, namely boots and bindings, and we can only hope they will last another month. The boots and the bindings are each doing well, but where the two meet is a war zone, and both are slowly losing.
Late afternoon Jenny thought she could see the resupply, 14 miles away. We are not wearing prescription eye wear this trip, so we can't be sure. The cache consists primarily of 100 55-gallon barrels of aircraft fuel, sitting on a 4-foot high platform of snow. So she could be right. Anyway, we can home in on it with our GPS if need be.
Evening camp: S 85° 03.944' W 86° 46.630'
Today's mileage: 16.0 in 10 hrs
Temperature: -13 C