As Friday the Thirteenths go, I suppose this one could have been worse. A strange variety of weather, with storm clouds passing over and dumping rain on me from time to time, and creating strange local wind systems so I haven’t known from one hour to the next what to expect. All a bit challenging, but managed a few miles in more or less the right direction (more of the less, maybe).
It can be quite spectacular, though, to look around a 360 degree horizon and see all kinds of weather going on round about. Especially those big black clouds with “legs” of rain. A bit like living in Kansas, I suppose. The weird thing was how many insects turned up when things got stormy. There were a couple of moths, a reddish gangly insect that kept landing
on me, and a couple of flies. Where did they come from?!
As we head into night, the ocean is rough and the waves are crashing. Sometimes I wish I could turn off the wind machine, just for a little while, so I could get a solid night’s sleep.
Maybe I was expecting too much of Ken Follett. I finished “Pillars of the Earth” yesterday, and much as I hate to say anything negative, I just didn’t really get into it. The reader wasn’t the best, which doesn’t help, but the characters just didn’t come alive for me. And the scenes of violence and rape made me feel rather queasy. I guess life in 12th century England probably WAS nasty, brutish and short, but that doesn’t necessarily make for an enjoyable book. So then I read a Jodi Picoult book, set in the Amish community, called “Plain Truth”. Much better. She tells such a good story, and I really find myself caring what happens to the characters.
And now I’ve just started “The Power of One”, by Bryce Courtenay. Absolutely brilliant so far, and extra-interesting because it is set in South Africa (where my mother grew up) and the main character is just a few years older than Mum, so interesting to find out a bit more about the South African Culture around the time of World War II.
Joan – loved the quotes from the Ric Elias TED Talk. What a great attitude.
Cheryl Cook – thank you so much for sharing your story. What an inspiration you are! It must take real strength to pull yourself out of a depression and turn things around. I haven’t listened to the TED Talk that Joan recommended, but it strikes me that when you consider what to do next, it might be relevant, e.g. he thought of “all the experiences I wanted to have and never did”. Can’t wait to hear what you decide to do!
Ken and Marilyn – lovely to hear from you! Can’t say I’ve tried maple cream. The “maple” bit sounds good, but maybe I’ll just stick to the syrup.
Roger Finch – hello stranger! Good to hear from you. I’ll be in Dallas with National Geographic (as well as Phoenix) on the USA 2012 Tour, so maybe I’ll get to see you then?
California Rower – at one point there was mention of a Rozberry Ripple flavour ice cream, but as for chocolates, anything associated with me would have to include pecans and, of course, caramel!
Eric – coconut chocolate, yuck! Agree that’s the worst. In the UK there’s the Bounty bar, which is chocolate with that shredded plasticky stuff in the middle. You couldn’t pay me enough….
Thanks also for the info on Dutchmen’s trousers (especially from Hans, a real live Dutchman). As the saying goes, I’m better informed but none the wiser!
Thanks for all the tips on recycleable toothbrushes. I’ll check them out when I get back to dry land, as the FedEx service out here is not as good as “Castaway” would have us believe!
Here’s our latest podcast Roz Roams with Vic Phillipson. Enjoy!
And finally, I’d like to give a friendly shout-out to Aimee, who very kindly sends me a digest of the blog comments. Thanks for faithfully doing your duties every day!
And thanks also to Nick Jaffe, creator of this website, as well as round-the-world sailor, Aussie, entrepreneur, and all-round good guy.
Roz has rowed miles sponsored by: John Herrick, Jonathan Tay, Wesley Collins, David Hackett, Gail Brownell, Maureen Edwards, Andrea Bailey (Earthrace Conservation), John Pamplin, Calvin Burnes. Grateful thanks for their contributions.