This afternoon the GPS kept beeping to say it had lost its external power supply. When I removed the power cable to investigate, one of the five pins parted company with the GPS, stuck in the hole of the power cable’s plug. So I won’t be able to charge the battery any more.
It’s not the end of the world – I have various other GPS-enabled units on board, and in 2008 managed to navigate from San Francisco to Hawaii using the TomTom out of my car after my chartplotter failed on Day 2 – but I will miss my little Garmin. Its large, friendly numbers have kept me company through many a rowing shift. When motivation is flagging, I could tell myself “just another mile” or “just another 0.01 of a degree”. Now I’ll have to go back to counting oarstrokes, as my other GPS units had best stay inside the cabin for their own good.
My satphone is also playing up. Today I was trying to discuss the future of EcoHeroes with Steve Nelson in California when we lost the signal and I couldn’t reconnect with the Iridium network. A couple of hours later I managed to get a signal and speak to Mum, and she started to tell me that communications have been affected by solar activity.
But I didn’t get the full story because just then, ironically, we lost communications.
I finally managed to receive some emails last night, which means I now have a huge backlog of comments to respond to. I’ll do my best!
Spirituality – thank you so much for all the very thought-provoking comments about spirituality. I’ve started to appreciate what a very enormous topic it is, but also which aspects of it particularly interest me. I realize this isn’t a very democratic way to organize a discussion – picking the bits “I” want – but it’s my blog, so that’s the way it goes. 🙂
I would say that I am most fascinated by the philosophical end of the spirituality discussion, rather than the religious end. So I’m pondering questions like: Why am I here? Why are any of us humans here? What is our relationship to each other? To other living things? To the planet? To the future? What is the relative importance of nature, nurture, and free will? How is everything connected? Or, isn’t it?
More on these and other easy (?!) questions over the coming weeks…
Following rower Keith Whelan’s rescue from the Indian Ocean earlier this week, a press conference was held in Australia today, Thursday. There is an update with pictures on his website, showing the rescue, and his boat on board the rescue vessel.
To Anna in Delaware – Hope you had a happy 12th birthday and enjoyed your birthday cake. Wish I could have been there to share it!
Marty Hawke – thanks for the invite to speak. I’ve made a note of it, and will get back to you once I know my schedule for the remainder of this year. CA wines in San Luis Obispo sound good to me!
Anne and Pete – I would LOVE to come and stay at your beach house in Jersey. Invitation noted! Funny to hear from you – just that day I had been thinking about the two of you, and Mike and Pippa Brooke, and our boat-cleaning in Antigua. And, of course, dinner on board the Muskrat!
Shelley Blum Ziegler – thanks for the offer of help in NJ next year. I’ll keep you posted, and look forward to meeting you!
Connie – I’ll be dropping in to get my hair done just as soon as I can once this row is over!
HeyMissK – loved the Emile Zola quote: “If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”
Charity – you ask if I believe in the creator. Good question, and more on that in due course…
Bonnie Monteleone – I’d say I’ve seen about a dozen objects floating in the ocean since I left from North Island. I haven’t been close enough to identify them, and since a close shave last year have sworn not to go swimming after things in the ocean. Very sad to see such things so far from land. Keep up the great work with 5Gyres!
Kevthebrit – hahahaha! Enjoyed your description of my feathered friends. Very entertaining!
Guin Batten – your version of maritime rowing sounds a lot more civilized than mine. “Home for tea” sounds good to me. Will def come play when I’m back in blighty! I’ve been invited to Istanbul for an event (non-rowing) in September. Not sure I’ll make it off this ocean in time though!
Sindy – lovely to hear from you. Hope to be in SoCal later this year. See you then!
PeacefulJeff – no, I’m not familiar with the “three mental poisons” but am intrigued. What are they?
Sarah Watson – good for you! Keep living life with purpose, and the rest will follow.
Sally in DC and Anna in Yorkshire – thank you both for your beautiful messages of encouragement. I have to confess that I am finding this row a tough one, and your words moved me, and will help me keep on going. Thank you.
Thanks to Steve Ray for passing along details of Oceana and the donations page they have set up in honour of his brother, Tim (as mentioned in my World Oceans Day blog).
Oh boy. This has been a long bloggage session. Time to get off my backside and into my bunk!
Just before I go, a final quote for you: “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” (Ben Stein)
Photo: if all else fails, at least I have my compass!
Sponsored Miles: Today our thanks go to Jo Fothergill, Catherine Good, Donna Perry. (If a name is shown on more than one day, it is because they sponsored several miles)