Pole to Pole
Day 139: Patriot Hills
Gradually the mess tent fills up. Tea and coffee is made from snow melted in a metal tank which is attached to a kerosene-powered heating unit. Beside the tank is a plastic container of freshcut blocks of snow - the Antarctic equivalent of a coal-scuttle or a basket of logs.
Kazama-San is preoccupied with the testing of his bike. It is a Yamaha, powered by a specially designed engine, low on noise and fuel pollution and with a thick tyre at the back, studded like a punk's belt for better grip in the snow. Kazama-San is a charismatic, infectiously jolly character. He has been by motorbike to Everest, the North Pole, and now, with luck, the South Pole. I ask him where next.
'Moon!' he shouts with a manic grin. I believe him.
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