Arctic Arc: the sun is shining
Published on 19.03.2007 - The Arctic Arc
For the first time since their departure, Alain and Dixie have had a full day of sunlight. That said, it was still not possible for the two men to charge their batteries.
Yesterday, Sunday, the sun was finally shining their way. The land was wonderfully flat and the sledges glided like they were on powder snow. This should have cheered up our two men only, by the end of the day, spirits were still low. Indeed, because the solar panels were not functioning well, they were unable to take advantage of the sun in order to charge their batteries. That evening then, they focussed on repairing the panels. We will have to wait until the next sunny day to see what has come out of their work.
Fortunately, the two men are staying calm. They realize that they are progressing quite fast: they have indeed covered 308 km in 18 days, which averages an excellent 17,1 km a day. At this pace, they will reach the North Pole in about three weeks. This is taking into account the fact that, soon, they won't only be skiing 7 hours a day anymore, but 9 or 10 hours a day.