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Final Few Words

8th December 2012 12:30 PM[(GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney]

Its hard to believe were that last two weeks went what an incredible experience. I look at the photos with almost disbelief that we have been to such an amazing place and in saying that I also remind myself that the pictures really don't do the place justice. I thank you all for sharing in the experience and will treasure the friendships we have made along the way. 

Col and I have spent  three days in Buenos Aires taking in the sights and reflecting on our journey. My surprises for Col was a heart ..... we get to share half each as a reminder of our completion of the 4 deserts.

Time to go home and plan other adventures.... until we meet again stay safe and happy training... Sandy

Comments: Total (2) comments

Melanie Silvester

Posted On: 09 Dec 2012 23:41 PM

Hi Sandy

Prue Burke

Posted On: 10 Dec 2012 10:56 AM

Congratulations Sandy and Col, An amazing feat, yet again. You are champions. What a journey and what memories you will have forever. I wonder what is next for you two? Cheers Prue
Post Race 2

1st December 2012 04:27 AM[(GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney]

Two and half day trip accross the drake passage has so far not been as bad as on the way over. Still have my patch on for sea sickness and eating lots of ginger lollies. Feel a little sick but not too bad. Everyone is so looking forward to being back on land.

The awards baquet and presentation is tomorrow night when we start going through the Beagle channel and the waters are carmer. Also the Expedittion Guide is going to give us a journal on our trip and also said he would mark up a map for me so that is great.

Col and I have been talking about our experience and how different this event is from the other races... other than a few top competitors who are here to race...the race is more about the whole journey and the challenge in this one isn't so much the running but the coping with everything to get you to the start line of every stage. the sea sickness, the cold and constantly wondering how many layers to put on and I tell you if you get it wrong you suffer big time, the zodiac ride over and when you get to shore we mostly have had to plough through thick snow to get to the start line. You have to take a drop bag each day over with you incase we get stranded on shore and also you leave cloths to change into so you can get the zodiac back to the ship.

But in saying all that it has been a trip of a life time... so much to take in I almost feel strange heading back to Ushuaia.

Well the question keeps getting asked so whats next... oh there is lots of things on my list but at this point I want to enjoy every last minute of the incredible journey..

Love to all and will blog tomorrow after the awards ceremony...

Damage to body is face got badly sunburnt especially lips .. Col did to only not as bad
Big toe nail dropping of as kicked and big chunk of ice and nearly fell
One toe with blood blister on in and two with blisters
Finger got stuck in door on ship have a great cut on it and all bruisesd

Hope no more things to add to list.. Ha ha ha ....clumsy person I am.... good night and should hopefully have phone service tomorrow............. thanks for all your wonderful words I am going back to read them again now means so much xxxx

P.S. have a surprise for Col but can't tell yet as he could read this blog and find out let you know tommorrow

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Carolyn Mckaige

Posted On: 02 Dec 2012 20:46 PM

OMG Sandy you are one awesome competitor! Oh before I go on the surprise for Col - OMG are you pregnant or did you adopt a seal, penguin, polar bear ha ha ha ...... Good to hear that you are both back on the ship and completed the last desert safe and sound. Have been thinking of you both all week can't wait to see you both and hear all about it, see the pictures, Col's movie...... Enjoy the rest of your journey and see you when you get back.

Jac Miles

Posted On: 03 Dec 2012 03:38 AM

Well done Sandy and Col! What an inspiration, I can\'t tell you how much so. Makes me determined not to just read about these things but to attempt them one day. Can\'t believe you got to go to the Antarctic and see the things you would have seen, AND achieve a physical and mental goal like this while you\'re at it... so few people can claim either! Saying well done really just doesn\'t cut it :)

Norma Herman

Posted On: 03 Dec 2012 06:38 AM

We would love to order you a combined 21 gun salute but unfortunately our R.A.N. is out of action due to being robbed last week! Never mind, we hope your celebrations are as big, noisy, and colourful as possible to acknowledge your amazing combined achievement. We salute you both big time. Lloyd Street is in awe of you! Everyone is in awe of you! xx Norma & Marcus.

Dean Tulloch

Posted On: 03 Dec 2012 09:49 AM

OK Ice Queen and Ice Man. Icebergs? Check. Penguins? Check. Whales? Check? Storms? Check. One of the greatest love stories of all time? Absolutely. You see, maybe its about the Pyramids of Giza, the salt flats of the Gobi, or the altitude of the Atacama. Maybe, indeed, it is about those penguins as they slide in front of you with reckless abandon at Antarctica. But we know it's more than that. It's about the Sandy-Colin union. It's about the knowing - that knowing that you've got each others back. It's about looking for each other, and talking so highly of each other. A bond that has brought you together and given you strength. You guys have it. And in the words of the great band Sugarland --> "Is it the first summer storm...is it the colours of fall...is it having so little....and yet having it all..." Guys, congratulations from Kerry and I. Yours is a story that needs to be told. I look forward to catching up on your return and toasting your success. Well bloody done ! (Sandy....see you in Leura in May for TNF100...I've signed up!). Love you guys...d&kt

Anne Murray

Posted On: 03 Dec 2012 19:47 PM

What an amazing journey. Be so proud of yourselves and never run in the cold again!! xx

Helen Boucher

Posted On: 05 Dec 2012 22:45 PM

Wow Sandy, that's all sounds fantastic & well done you.....but I wish you'd wrap yourself up in cotton wool before you go on these adventures! enjoy the last few days of it - CASES, ROL, EDUPAY all await your return! love me

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