Friday, August 15, 2008

The end is in sight

Looking happy but tired, LouPhi on day 29Very dry lake where nature is taking place
ENG: LouPhi’s position yesterday was South 26° 51 and East 137° 30’. In 24 hours he walked 30 km and is very happy about it. Although his potential success had been jeopardized at the start due to the slow progress he now sounds confident he can succeed. Whatever happens he does not intend to go further south than Macumba Station. Food and water supplies are in line with expectations. His feet are aching and blisters have appeared, but nothing to be worried about. And finally landscapes are so nice it was worth going through all this. Louis-Philippe thought he had found a water lake, but it was only the reflection of the sky on the salt lake.


FRA: la position de Louis-Philippe hier était latitude sud 26° 51 et longitude est 137° 30’. Au total, il aura parcouru 30 kms en une journée et est évidemment ravi de sa progression. Il a seulement perdu un peu de temps pour se rapprocher d’un lac qu’il pensait rempli d’eau, mais c’était seulement le reflet du ciel dans la croûte de sel du lac. Le succès se rapproche alors qu’il avait été sérieusement compromis par sa lente progression des premiers jours. Quoi qu’il en soit, il ne s’aventurera pas plus au sud que Macumba Station. Les réserves d’eau et de nourriture sont encore suffisantes. Les nuits restent froides. Louis-Philippe a mal aux pieds (on peut le comprendre !) et souffre de cloques, mais rien de grave.
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