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  • Story Owner: Mike  Ketchmark
  • Story Title: North Pole
  • Story Created: Monday, March 24, 2014, 11:02:00 PM
  • Chapter Author: Mike Ketchmark
  • Chapter Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:37:00 PM
  • updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:44:00 PM

We made it.

Hardest thing I have ever done in my life by a long shot.

The four of us were reached the Pole in record time for a two degree dog sled team. Overall about 200 miles (lots of east and west). We pushed hard at the end and went 48 hours with an hour sleep. Our guides deserve the glory. Rock stars of human beings.

Mark and I spent a lot of time talking about things on the trail. There are hundreds of hours of time to reflect. I hope this post is not too sappy but its from the heart. Both Mark and I talked about this alot. We both agree. As we stood at the North Pole and thought about the world below we knew the only thing that matters. The people we love. Family, loved ones and friends. Like YOU. Life is short. I miss you. The rest of the clutter of life does not matter in the end. I want my final post to be a tribute to a girl I meet almost 30 years ago at college. The person who made this trp possible. My wife of soon to be 25 years - Susan. The ONLY way I could have done this is with her support. In the first place she agreed to let me go. A month. Imagine. As I chased my dream she took care of the two most important things in our lives. Our two kids Steven and Chloe. She took both to visit colleges. Was there for Steven's tennis and Junior prom and watched Chloe get her drivers license. Not to mention the day to day mundane chores of life. I hated missing the former but certainly not the later. But I needed this trip to recharge. I needed the challenge. She knows that about me. She tolerates more than she should. But I know there is no way I would have been able to do this without her. Susan thank you. I want my final post to be to my base camp. My team. Susan, Chloe, Steven and our 4 lb dog Jasmine (a far cry from the dog-wolves that pulled us). I love you guys and I am headed home soon.

Thankfully all fingers and toes attached. P.S. Mark feels the same way about Dena and his kids. I just beat him to post....