I woke up this morning and the wind was still blowing Buicks and I had this sinking feeling that we were going to be stuck there for another night, we had already spent three nights at that location. Guy came around and said that whilst it was still blowing hard the weather had cleared up and it was about as good as it was going to get so they made the call and we were going to start moving again. This came as a huge relief to everyone. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was out in its full splendor and glory, visibility was endless and the sky was an incredible shade of blue. But the wind had to be taken very seriously, it was coming diagonal to head on from our left side and we had to make sure there was absolutely no exposed skin anywhere including our faces.
We did 20km today and it went by like a breeze, everyone was strong from the two days rest and super excited that it would be our second to last day.
We are now 21km from the pole, one day’s ski and spirits are running very high. We were hoping to reach the pole tomorrow, take pics, do a tour of the American research base then be picked up by the Basler and fly to Union Glacier in time for the Ilyushion flight on the 10th. The weather forecast is saying that they are expecting a weather system at Union Glacier tomorrow which could mean that we may not get picked up tomorrow in which case we would have to spend the night at the pole but also the Ilyushion would be grounded too and would not be flying on the 10th. Let’s pray the forecast is wrong.
We are finally one day away from our goal and hopefully this time tomorrow I’ll be dropping you a line saying we made it.
Distance traveled 90km, distance to the pole 21km. That hot shower is so close now.