I really need a shower.

Day 46-DSC_2920-smallHours traveled: 9.5
Miles traveled: 13.2
Total miles traveled: 548.1
Miles to pole: 20.4
Elevation: 9208 ft.

Translation from voicemail: Hey everybody, Marty and Chris here. I’m gonna talk kinda quick so I can squeeze this all in. Day 46, uh, it was uh, you know Antarctica lets me know that no matter how long we have been out here everyday is different. So, today we had, the winds were kind of at our back. It was about -15F and we were hot for most of the day trying to regulate our temperature, sticky snow, just completely overheating trying to struggle through the sticky snow. It feels like you’re pulling the sled up hill.

At about six hours into the day it got cloudy, low visibility and it got sort of a white out. You start to feel a little nausea because you can’t tell up from down. Chris and I know what we did today was instead of swapping leads every hour, we kinda swapped leads on who was the strongest and both of us had good periods of strength and it went well. We pushed out 9.5 hours.

You know the day, you know you go through periods of complete exhaustion followed by a short bursts. I honestly have never done anything so physically, mentally, or emotionally more difficult than this. The ups and downs are just major. But we are so close. We are really, I can’t say we’re quite excited yet. We might be excited when we see the pole.

This real quick too, we were calling Keenan every two nights. We are calling him every night now and that’s really been a lot of fun. He’s really perked up. We told him to make a list and plan for two months of anything he wants to do on the weekends, movies, games, food. So he’s totally excited about that, two months of hanging with Mom and Dad.

And I just wanna thank everyone for following along. It’s really been a big boost to us. Thank you so much. And, oh, one more thing, I really need, forty six days, I really need a shower. Thanks a lot everybody, bye.

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  • VAN
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    Hi all
    Hope you well and finish the marathon polar course !
    So take a giant bathtube spa or go to Hawaii snorkeling all day long !
    Cheers
    VAN

  • Bridget Burgess
    Reply

    So close! I hope you tell us all how wonderful the basic things in life are like hot showers when you finally get one! Wondering what the Pole will be like when you get there!

  • Jan Wiedmann Grant
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    Chris & Marty, Yall have been a huge inspiration to me and I have been reading updates everyday praying for your safe journey. Your trip is something I could never imagine thinking of doing myself. But I love the idea of complete departure from everyday normal daily life. Doing something so extraordinary it will change your life and your sons forever. That is what life is about the journey. Safe last few days home.
    Jan VHS’83 : )

  • Nancy Byrnes
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    I am a teacher at NBE and I have heard about your excursion through the 5th grade staff. This is very courageous and exciting to see you make this dream come true!
    Thinking of you and your family.
    Nancy

  • Miriam Kroschel
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    Marty and Chris –
    You are such an inspiration for your commitment and stamina. We can only imagine the difficulties you face each hour. We are just praying for you like crazy, and we are so excited that you are ALMOST THERE! These last days are super difficult, I’m sure. Will they have showers for you there at the pole? Just curious.
    Love and hugs from so many of us here that are cheering you on! One step at a time.
    Miriam Kroschel

  • Donald Mukai
    Reply

    Your bringing tears to our eyes with joy!!! You are nearing the Highway 49 Crossing at WS with the high school in sight!!! The Mukai family has had so much fun following your adventure each day. It has been so uplifting and inspirational!!! Warmest Hugs to both of you!!! Don & Vicki

  • Benjamin Curry
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    Marty, even at the point of exhaustion, you are one funny man. Best to you and Chris and we’re chilling a veggie smoothie to drink in honor of you two making the pole in a few days!

    Love,
    –Benjamin

  • Steve Sauder
    Reply

    Fantastic, incredible journey!! Ski on Chris and Marty! Almost there!!

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