I’m in that awkward inbetweeny stage of the voyage. I haven’t yet got into my ocean-philosophy frame of mind – I’m still too busy getting back into the ocean way of life. At the moment I am still at that stage where it’s like moving into a new house – I can’t quite remember where I put things or how I used to do things. But this might not make for very exciting blogging . . .
About the most exciting thing that happened today was rowing through an extensive area of small buoys. I suppose they must have been marking some kind of fishing nets. I managed to get a few of them wrapped around the rudder, and had to pop my head out of the aft hatch to liberate it.
Other than that: rowing was tough this morning, with choppy seas coming at me from the wrong direction. Middle of the day was dead calm. Latter part of the day was a roaring tailwind. I even saw the GPS speedo hit 5 knots at one point. Woohoo!
For now I can tell you roughly where I am. I am paralleling the coast of Western Australia until I reach Geraldton, at which point I try to make a mad dash across the Leeuwin Current before it gets hold of me and sweeps me south. My GPS is telling me that I am 36.7 nautical miles NW of Wanneroo.
Body grumbling at me. It reckons it’s getting too old for this kind of malarkey (43). I reckon it will adapt to anything once it realises we’re in this for the long haul.
It’s amazing just what the human body (and mind) can adapt to when it has no choice….
Apparently my blog didn’t make it online last night. Most odd. I emailed it to Mum, using exactly the same laptop and satphone as we used to test it on dry land. It has been working consistently – until I actually need it. Typical!
Finished Book Number 1 of the trip: Unbroken, by Laura Hillebrand. Very good indeed. True story of a guy who survives over 40 days in a liferaft only to be taken POW by the Japanese – which makes the liferaft look like a luxury cruise. Very well written, an epic tale.
The second day so far: Pam Rodwell, Barry Munyard, Louis Girard, Steven Partridge, Anne Dare, Doug (and Larry) Grandt for Pauline, Daniel Zetah, Anthony Peters, Don Kuroyama, Rosalyn Page, Paul O’Hare, Rachel (for San Francisco Green Film Festival), Susan Bartlett, Chris Lynch, Curtis Zingg, Shannon Fogg, Tom Hockman and James Borleis.