Groan! Sorry, but I couldn’t resist it.
Today I ate my last fresh mango, a sad moment, but this terrible pun cheered me up. I brought a stash of fresh food with me, and there is still quite a bit left. But the mangoes, bought by June from the organic stall in Fremantle Markets, were the last of the season, and did not have a long shelf (or locker) life. Today when I inspected my inventory, two had split and gone mushy, and only one good one was left. And very delicious it was too.
Return of the low-flying squid: between Hawaii and Tarawa in 2009 I was bombarded by 3 squid that came hurtling out of the water like torpedoes in reverse one day as I was rowing along. It was quite startling, to put it mildly. Today I found two much smaller specimens on my deck, looking rather the worse for wear. They must have come flying aboard during the night, and by the time I found them they were long past resuscitation. I said a few words and gave them a decent burial at sea.
Looping the loop: Last night a strong wind picked up and blew me quite a few miles south, back the way I’d come. I spent all morning and part of the afternoon on the sea anchor while the wind continued to blow and I watched my progress tick backwards. Towards the end of this afternoon the wind turned from northerly to westerly, pushing me back towards the coast. Actually this is better news than it sounds, as I was afraid I had strayed into the Leeuwin Current (bad) and now I will be safely back on the continental shelf (good).
The net result is that I have looped a big loop, about twenty miles from top to bottom. So I am re-rowing some of my miles, so people who sponsored those miles will get thanked again. Don’t say I don’t give value for money!
Woody the Pirate has been keeping a low profile so far while he gets his sea legs (or sea leg, I suppose, as he only has one). But he will be putting in an appearance on this blog soon. Meanwhile, he says “Arrrrrr!”, which is pirate-speak for “hi”.
Anthony Peters, Don Kuroyama, Rosalyn Page, Paul O’Hare, Rachel (Green Film festival), Susan Bartlett. There are some more sponsors mentioned before,whose miles will need to be rowed again!