Day 18

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Just when you think it is gonna be a normal day in Antarctica, you go to get your meal bag for the day and only go and pull out a ruddy chilli con carne! How can you have a bad day when you’ve got that to finish your day off with! Despite Antarctica’s best efforts to ruin this most auspicious of days, it wasn’t too bad. Progress was slow due to a pumping 20 knot wind right into my hooter all day, that kept us to a modest but acceptable 27km after 11 hours. As if getting happy slapped by the wind all day wasn’t enough, it then went and genuinely mugged me on my first break of the day. The wind was really blowing at this point so I didn’t want to risk having my precious droewors blown away, so I opted for the (just as delicious) but slightly denser pepperami. Cylindrical in shape, heavy with salami tastiness, a perfect candidate in high wind, surely there was no way the wind could snatch such an aerodynamic snack from my hand. Fast forward 20 seconds and my morning morale is sliding further and further back towards the coast and I’m clambering after it still attached to my harness like I’ve just tried to get out a car with my seatbelt still on. The snack was eventually rescued and consumed in one before any further attempts at theft could be committed.The wind is due to stick around for the next few days so I’m going to have start taking cover behind Bessie rather than on top (pictured) for my snacks, can’t afford another pepperamigate.

Thanks so much for all your messages yesterday, Liv has passed them on and they really meant a lot after a tough day. A few shout outs and answers to questions.

First up - a big hello to Sharon and all the nurses in the trauma department in Northern Cal, what you guys do every day is about a million times harder than what I’m doing. You’re all legends.

A huge congrats to Fletch and Steph on their engagement, good news travels fast, even to Antarctica! Very happy for you both!

Does your compass work differently in Antarctica?
I have a global @suunto compass which means the needle will balance in both the northern and Southern Hemisphere. If I had a northern hemisphere compass down here the needle wouldn’t sit straight.

How do you keep track of what day it is?
I log my position, time travelled and conditions each day with as permanent marker on my @multimat sleeping pad. I didn’t want to sacrifice the extra weight of pen and paper so any other notes I need to make I record on my phone.

Does you body feel fit or tired from walking so much?
I’m feeling ok at the moment! I’m a bit stiff in the evenings but otherwise still going strong!

Do you have medicine if you get sick?
I have a big bag of medicine with me which includes antibiotics, pain killers and anything else I might need. I also speak to a doctor on the phone once a week to update them on my condition, I can always get hold of them if there are any problems.

Which is more taxing, surviving sub-zero temperatures in a single handed battle with Antarctica or sharing a house with @andrew Bettles? From Michael Bettles.
The risk to health is far far lower here than any habitation with @andrewbettles, that’s for sure.