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Georgie(who is this guy?)

South Pole solo

Strength

South 85 24.849  West 81 30.103

Distance: 12.7  nautical miles (happy with this because of conditions)
Time:  9 hours  ( I stopped early to build a snow wall around a wall)
Weather: 30-35 knot head wind all day
Snow:  like skiing on brie cheese (soft and very sticky)
Gee it was a tough day both physically and mentally. As soon as I took my first steps my sled runnners sank into the snow about 3-4 inches and that didn’t change all day.
Add to this the head wind and you have all the ingredients to test one’s strength – both physical and mental
When I think of all my aches and pains, I think of those who are really ill or sick and it gives me strength.
When I think am all alone out here, I think of you taking the journey with me….it gives me strength.
When I think of the tough weather and snow conditions, I think that if I just keep going it won’t last….and it gives me strength.
When I think wouldn’t it be good to stop and camp for the night, i think of getting home sooner and see everyone that matters…. and I keep going.
Song for the Day:  Wind Beneath my Winds – Colleen Hewitt  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyaZIEYj0gw
A reflective blog today
Yours in strength
Mark ‘Georgie’ George
categories: South Pole Solo

Comments

  1. Julie from the pack Dec 23, 2011

    Hi Georgie, I’m enjoying following your blog. I knew you were ‘out there’ when you told me you paddled to Tasmania on a fist full of power gels, but this current effort is impressive. Stay strong and safe.

  2. Lisa Dec 23, 2011

    ARE YOU TAKING THOSE PICTURES BECAUSE THAT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT PLACE TO CHILL OUT.TWO DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS .SHOPPERS FRENZY.NEARLY KNOCKED OUT OVER A PUNNET OF STRAWBERRIES.MISSED A COUPLE OF PEDESTRIANS BY INCHES.ITS ALL ON AROUND HERE.MERRY CHRISTMAS BROTHER.

  3. Tezza Dec 23, 2011

    Mate, that’s more than just a wall…..it’s an igloo. Got some wild food for dinner tonight and has thinking of you while i was harvesting. Walk strong, cheers.

  4. Terry & Jan Dec 23, 2011

    Hi Mg, sounds like it was pretty tough out there. Hope it;s better going tomorrow. First message is from the Candle Lighter – Mark, take care, Happy Christmas, we miss you, hurry home, Candle Lighter & Baz. Jan is just putting on the Christmas carols and she’s calling you “Frosty the Snowman” remember that one?? You are sure going to have a white Christmas. Hope to talk to you on Christmas Day, Love you, Jan & TG

  5. Sheppy Dec 23, 2011

    Georgie, congrats on the half way point!! Incredible!!
    I have been using your song of the day to determine your state of mind, and i must admit some have been questionable. But sincerely
    Just so you know, that it is hard to describe how many times a day I, and I know others are thinking of your challenge, trusting you are ok. . Keep it going…. the progress looks great.

  6. nanette Dec 23, 2011

    They are making a Gingerbread house on TV just now but your Snow House is much better. I love it but realise what an effort to do after a day on the snow. The family will all be getting together over the next two days, you will be with us and we will be with you in thought and spirit.
    Great work to be on the other side of halfway and we send you strength and love for Christmas. Onward ho is the way to go!!!!!

  7. Tina Dec 23, 2011

    Fabulous effort to the half way point. Simon and I are enjoying your journey, I find it amazing!!! Merry Christmas Mark, we look forward to your return.
    Ps- I’ll be back to give you an update on the cricket scores come Boxing Day…

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