Here We Go Again

Latitude: 89.14.5 Longitutde 136.27.25

We have skiied 44.8 nautical miles over the ground to date.
Today was a day of water and wind. We came across many many breaks, small ones, slushy ones, lake like ones. Keith was amazing at finding paths around, over, through which made for some interesting moments!

We crossed 89.1 again today – it is ‘groundhog day’ (remember the old movie…..) – we go to sleep, we drift, we wake up still behind 89.1 and we ski all day – losing 0.2 to the treadmill each hour – so we have skied 39 miles, 29 hours and lost 0.2 about for every hour – hence our total ski is 44.8 nautical miles. Yet we were closer to the pole 48 hours ago……and are still 46 miles away.

We continue to drift as we sit in the tent so tomorrow we get to wake up and do 89.1 all over again!!! In fact it got me thinking – we have drifted 25 miles – so when you think about it…..25 plus 39 means that we have essentially skied on the land that was at the North Pole 5 days ago! Didn’t see any corks go by…

Keith had a great kite which we flew in camp. Winds gusting to 20 mph again which made for amazing kite flying.

Spirits remain high despite the challenging conditions.

Finding our way across

Kite Flying

5 Replies to “Here We Go Again”

  1. Through these years of pressure and stress all we had to do was tell you to 'go fly a kite' What a smile. Hang in there – M&D

  2. Heather,

    You and your team are an inspiration to us all. Hopefully, tomorrow you will be able to pass 89.1 and leave it behind you for good.

    I will be cheering you on and crossing my fingers that you make it to the pole!

    Take care and keep smiling!

    Cheryl B 🙂

  3. *Shakes fist at the dratted 89.1*

    You will get past it and leave it behind, or ELSE, dang it. How are you going to get cocoa from Santa's elves when you finally get to the North Pole?

    Seriously though, I do hope that tomorrow is the day that you make some real progress, and the drifting starts going in your favour.

    I liked the idea of having the helicopter pick you up and drop you on the OTHER side of the Pole. Would that mean you'd be drifting toward it?

    I'd give you Dory (from Finding Nemo)'s advice, but you don't want to “just keep swimming”, unless we can change that to “just keep skiing”!

  4. Hi All
    Dale, being a practical Capricorn, I'm sure has suggested that once you have skied the equivalent mileage to the north pole, drift or no drift, you can succesfully turn off the GPS and break out the tequilla. Maybe that's just a lazy Gemini talking.Anyway safe travels is all we are rooting for.
    Take care

  5. The headline in the Toronto Star today was
    “take a walk by the water Virgos” —–I couldn't make that up! M&D

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