Just about to the polar plateau.

Day 38-DSC_2893-smallHours traveled: 10
Miles traveled: 14.3
Total miles traveled: 460.7
Miles to pole: 120
Elevation: 8821 ft.

Translation from voicemail: Hey there everybody. Marty and Chris here, Day 38 for us. So today we fought our way through another patch of tough sastrugi. And some, and things now appear to be easing off, and late tomorrow we should just about reach the polar plateau. So we’re pretty excited about that. So day thirty eight, they’ve all been very tough but the last ten days have been a battle for every mile for both Chris and I on many levels, mentally and physically. I’ve seen enough sastrugi in the last ten days to last a lifetime. And last night I went out and knocked chunks off one with a shovel to use for melting for our water and it actually felt kind of good to knock the chunks off of a little bit.

And today as we are going along we had a really strong day today. And today for the first time, I let the thought of actually doing this (unintelligible). But actually started to think we are going to do it, which is a little different to me. I’m kind of a second half racing person and I always feel better the second half and I’m feeling pretty good but, you know. I’ve always believed, and after three years of planning, training, spending lots of money, quitting my job and all of the sacrifices and help from our friends, family and our son, all of that has certainly kept us, kept us going. And we’ve, Chris or I have never ever talked about stopping. We’ve always known we’re gonna keep driving on. Just, you know, a big expedition like this you worry about things that could go wrong.

So at this point we have about one hundred and twenty miles. And we have nine days of food. So, you know, we’ll, we’ll keep it exciting to the end. And I don’t want anybody to worry, you know, if there is a big storm or something, you know, family or anything. We can always hunker down and have something dropped, but we’re unsupported expedition and we don’t want anything like that to happen. So we’re gonna make it nine days of food, one hundred and twenty miles. Thanks so much for following everybody and have a good evening.

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  • Jacqueline Fairbrass
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    Sue had a big shout out for you two at the Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business luncheon yesterday. It’s amazing the support you two are getting and probably don’t even know of…the ripple effect. I actually spoke with someone who says she wakes up in the middle of the night and worries about you, so she sends up a prayer for your safety and safe return to family so she can go back to sleep.

    How cool is that? Big cyber hugs. And yes, we believe you can do it too!

    • Chris Fagan
      Reply

      WooHoo! Thank you SVWIB!!!

  • John Kern
    Reply

    Following story closely. Almost there!!! Fingers crossed that it will be easier once you get to the plateau!

    • Chris Fagan
      Reply

      Thank you! That’s our hope too. It’s possible it will be windier and colder, since it’s flatter – but we’re just ready for no sastrugi!

  • Matthew Davidson
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    Chris & Marty
    Beverly and I AND my office staff have been following along with great anticipation and support!!! We can’t wait to hear you have made it up onto the plateau.

    Question: Are you ready for David Letterman show? Have you thought agout the culture shock after you make it? Maybe a book deal? Get ready as your adventure is one of the best little storylines heard around world for quite some time! The way you guys convey the low angle view of how you see your adventure is fantastic!

    Keep on keepin-on… you guys ROCK!!!

    Matt & Bev.. your neighbors down the road.

    PS: The theif in the hood is in the clink.

  • Bridget Burgess
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    So exciting to follow your journey! The srength you both have is astounding. It is wonderful to hear how you both help each other get through the tough times. Wish I could send you strength but I will send you positive thoughts and prayers.

  • Miriam Kroschel
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    OK, Jacque – – you let my secret out. Yes, Chris and Marty, it is I that thinks about you throughout the day, and when I lay down at night, and whenever. I say prayers for your safety and peace. I am so inspired by your journey. My prayers will now include a request for no more sastrugi!
    Big hugs,
    Miriam Kroschel

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