Floating on an Antarctic Highway
Published on 01.01.2012 - Antarctic Ice Expedition
Unexpected good luck for Belgians Dansercoer and Deltour: winds came back gently, the terrain is 'heavenly' marvellous, great meteorologists give them the right course to follow, at the Pole they were complimented for their healthy looks ... What better could you hope for ?
All these positive factors concerned the previous days.
Between 29 and 31 December, they have done 388 kil ! No vocabulary is proper enough to describe such an heavenly situation. "Wonderful conditions", "flat as pooltable", "just amazing", "heaven on earth", "great day, "we were floating", "over 33 km/h", "we feel we are on the highway now", "team is rocking", "we were off in no time", "the terrain was nice and flat" : all these words and associations of words have been used by both Sam and Dxie to describe their best kiting experience during these last days. Perhaps the better time they had so far. I let Dixie to have the last and perhaps the more colourful one : " Snowdrift made for a floaty atmosphere whereby we did not seem to ski but glide on a cloud of snowdrift."
But on the first day of the year, back to normal : things turned bad again. And their friends the sastrugis came back on the frontstage. But as a sign of being now part of that continent ('being one with Antarctica' as Sam wrote on 29 December), they neverheless manage to cover 108 km.
2012' start could not be better for the Belgian pair !