Walnut cake with butter, please!
Published on 17.12.2008 - SoloAntarctica
Everything is going well for the solitary Mark Langridge, apart from the fact perhaps that he has begun having serious dreams about food, glorious food...
As communication with Mark's expedition has not been direct and his website is rather lacking in tasty little details, we have to base ourselves on what little information we receive.
So the only news we have been given can be summed up in just a few lines:
One: Mark's morale is excellent despite the fact that he will no longer be able to do the return trip.
Two: He is in fine physical shape and is not overdoing things.
Three: Having said that, he is gradually stepping up the pace. So it wasn't until day 31 of his trip, on 11th December, that he achieved his personal best: 17.7 nautical miles, or 32.7 kilometres (it has to be said that most of the explorers this season have made good daily progress) and during the week from 6th to 13th December, he covered 103 nautical miles (190.7 kilometres) at an average of 30.7 kilometres a day, enjoying the benefit of fine weather, few sastruggis and little in the way of headwind.
The only slightly down note is that at night he dreams of delicious food, which sends his senses into overdrive. One night it was liver and bacon tempting him in his slumbers. Three days later, he fantasised about walnut cake with lashings of butter. Dates as well...
Mark still has about another 400 kilometres to go before reaching the South Pole.