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Old 01-20-14, 11:20 AM
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Riding to the South Pole

This is as impressive as it gets. This woman road 400 miles to the South Pole averaging better than 40 miles a day. I love the "Big Dummy" trike she rode, but maybe this would have been just the trip to use an aerodynamic windscreen.

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Old 01-21-14, 09:01 AM
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Only mad dogs and Englishwomen go out in the midnight sun.

pretty bonkers, and yes some sort of wind protection would have worked, but I suspect she worried about any plastic breaking with any small impact with the cold. Who knows, perhaps concerns about any screen acting as a sail with side gusts and whatnot (when she was off the bike sort of thing, this would be my guess)

in any case, daunting doesnt begin to describe it does it?
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Didn't you hear? Touring to the south pole is the new trend.

https://www.explorersweb.com/polar/ne...le-r_139005876
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Originally Posted by nun View Post
This is as impressive as it gets. This woman road 400 miles to the South Pole averaging better than 40 miles a day. I love the "Big Dummy" trike she rode, but maybe this would have been just the trip to use an aerodynamic windscreen.

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Still a chance to be the first bicyclist to do it!
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no, chance. sorry. A spanish cyclist did it last week on a bicycle.
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Old 01-23-14, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by nun View Post
This is as impressive as it gets. This woman road 400 miles to the South Pole averaging better than 40 miles a day. I love the "Big Dummy" trike she rode, but maybe this would have been just the trip to use an aerodynamic windscreen.

https://www.whiteicecycle.com/
This is, indeed, an accomplishment... but I'd be more impressed it she'd actually hauled her own gear and not taken advantage of the easier riding offered by the South Pole Traverse. More info on Leijerstam's expedition and the competition at Half Past Done.
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Is there are road there now? 40 miles a day over snow is pretty good going no mater where.
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Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
This is, indeed, an accomplishment... but I'd be more impressed it she'd actually hauled her own gear and not taken advantage of the easier riding offered by the South Pole Traverse. More info on Leijerstam's expedition and the competition at Half Past Done.
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Is there are road there now? 40 miles a day over snow is pretty good going no mater where.
Road is relative. Supposedly they filled in the crevices that open every year since ice isn't static and I'd imagine clear a path through ice fields.

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From Wikipedia:

The South Pole Traverse, also called the McMurdo – South Pole Highway, is an approximately 995-mile-long (1,601 km) compacted snow road in Antarctica that links the United States's McMurdo Station on the coast to the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station. It was constructed by leveling snow and filling in crevasses, but is not paved; flags mark its route.
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