Woke last night at 2.00 am feeling FOUL. Screaming
headache that painkillers wouldn't touch. Lay awake
for hours in agony. Stomach's gone bananas too - seems
like food poisoning.
As soon as I heard Ellen open her door, I hauled her
into my room. Just not capable of getting up and out.
Shaky, fevery, weak and very pathetic.
I talk to a few of the others, give some instructions
and hope I'll feel like a human being in a few hours.
I've decided I need a larger funnel made of the thicker
material to be sure I have a hope of boiling the water.
I manage to stagger up after a few hours, after downing
litres and litres of rehydration fluids. Seriously needed
salts back in me!
A huge 'funnel' solar oven had begun to take shape.
We hung the jar inside, and finally after over an hour,
we saw bubbles. Very, very pleased and relieved! Felt
awful to have had to get others to help so much - but
thought I'd be more likely to survive the day (and the
'finale') by turning up later on.
The solar oven ended up working a treat and boiled
water happily. Mike's two filters were harder work than
we'd thought, and we needed to use a foot pump to force
the liquid through (Producer's note: there wasn’t
time to show the foot pump in operation on the finished
programme). Theoretically, the water Ian and Ellen collected
should have been fine after our treatment. I have to
say though, that after starting the day off with food
poisoning, I'm a touch relieved I didn't have to try
Mars Rover was strikingly impressive. Very exciting
to be out in the desert, not able to see where it was
going and not sure it would survive the terrain. Amazingly,
the signal worked - it was all based on being the right
pitch - and we'd screamed so much it's astonishing we
didn't override it!