Day 37-DSC_2889-smallMiles traveled: 12
Total miles traveled: 445.4
Miles to pole: 134
Elevation: 8500 ft.

Translation from voicemail: Hi, it’s Chris, Day 37. Well, today turned out to be my tough day. I just started out slow and could never find another gear all day. I was constantly trying to catch up with Marty and he ended up having to lead most of the day. I, I seemed to have trouble breathing. I felt like I couldn’t get enough air. I don’t know if it was the altitude, 8500′, or just fatigue. I think the toll of the last thirty seven days has really left my body feeling really tired.

So what we really need is a rest day, but we can’t afford to take one unfortunately given the time we have left to the pole and our food. So, no question, I’m ready to be done, ready to be there. We have ten more days and, yeah, we’ll find a way to get there. I am going to bed. It’s about almost 7:30 p.m., and I gonna try to catch up, get a little extra sleep, maybe an extra hour or so. I think that’s what my body really needs is more sleep, and I’ll bounce back just like Marty did a few days ago and we’ll continue on.

The good news for the day is we did cross 88 degrees today. Two more degrees and we’ll be there, one hundred and thirty four miles. So we have gotten through all the really, really, really, hard sastrugi. Today was the last day of it we think. Got a couple more days of lesser sastrugi and then, and bumps and stuff, and then hopefully we will be up on the plateau where it will be flat and not quite as taxing. All right, talk to you tomorrow. Bye.