Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 1, 2014 -- Pick Your Poison

South 86º00.000" West 081º35.300" 18.5 nautical miles Elevation 5,356 ft

6 down, 4 to go! (Degrees, that is)
A wind came in and blew out the clouds, making a nice sunny day. However, the wind also filled the deep ruts from the trucks with nice soft snow. Outside the truck tracks, the snow was just on the edge of being too soft for biking. So should I ride inside the ruts, or outside?
The sleds felt heavy and it seemed most of the day was climbing. I spent a lot of time slowly cranking up the hills. I really wanted to get to 86 degrees, but it didn't look like it would happen. Then the sun did it's magic to the snow, making it harder, and the slope leveled off. I had to push really hard to get to 86 degrees. I got it just in time to set up camp. I have to make sure to quit on time. Otherwise, I don't get enough sleep and it makes for a hard day the next day.


  1. Very impressive!! Reading all your posts, what an awesome challenge and I thought Ironmans are tough!! Keep pushing!! Eric (the guy from Ohio)

  2. Found your blog from a comment on Slashdot...exciting stuff you're doing! Happy New are ever so close to one of two places on the planet where you would've been able to pop the New Year's bottle of champagne 24 times over a 24 hour period. Can't wait to see you finish!

  3. You're an inspiration. Been following you for a while. You can do it!!