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TODAY'S THE LAST DAY (Matt Donovan)

 Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Well it looks like we've made it. Today is the last day that we are able to be set ashore to run. It's been an incredible year... one that I will never forget, and one that I am so grateful to be a part of. I have to take my hat off to Dad who has put this thing whole thing together and followed through with his dreams. At times I was pushing myself hard and would have hated to think how he was feeling. He's definitely no Kenyan and can't scale hills like a goat but after nearly 900km of running/marching/walking/trudging through these deserts he has not stopped.

The whole team has stayed strong and got the job done and I'm looking forward to bringing this whole experience to the Simpson desert next year where we can finish what we started.

Yesterday's stage we only 2 hours around a 1.2km track. Racing the planet had showed their sick sense of humour with this one because the course was 600m straight up a massive hill and them 600m straight down. Dad was using his polls again and I was behind him pushing to move just a little bit faster... a nice little technique we learnt in Sahara :).

Talking about sense of humor, we also slept outside on the ice for the night. When I say night I mean between the hours of 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. I don't know if it can be classified as night because the sun never went down and it was light the whole time. A very surreal experience. Unfortunately I can't say I slept under the stars in Antarctic because there were none! If your wondering what it was like... it was cold. I woke in the morning with an inch of snow on me. We slept in a water proof sack (body bag) with a ground liner inside and double sleeping bag. As you can imagine going to the toilet took a little bit of skill! I'm proud to say I executed this perfectly.

Today we have been disrupted by the weather and are currently looking for a protected place to run. It looks like we may get a short run this afternoon but nothing has been confirmed yet. The weather has cleared enough and if there is a suitable track we may be sent out for a final 2-3 hour run. Fingers crossed!

Thanks again for sending through all the comments. I'll send more updates after we have completed today's stage and after we finish the 4 Deserts Grand Slam! YEWWW!
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