By dusk today I was getting a distinct sense of deja vu. That lighthouse blinking out across the darkening water definitely looked familiar – and it was. Tonight I find myself in the same place as I was at dawn on Day 3. Ah well, some bits of ocean are just so good, they’re worth doing more than once.
Today the winds have been much more helpful. It has been a gloomy, overcast, blustery day of lowering clouds and rough seas, but it has been a great day for rowing. A lovely strong breeze right up the backside. More fun than it sounds.
Not so much fun for every other aspect of life on board, though. Imagine living on a bucking bronco. It bucks fairly slowly, rather than full-on-manic-bucking mode, but the angle of movement is fairly similar. And it goes on 24 hours a day. Preparing meals, eating meals, going to the bathroom, sleeping…. all done (or at least, attempted) on the back of that bronco. Yeehaaarrrr!
I finished listening to The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
this morning. Interesting to me on so many levels: the oceans as a spiritual place, as an indicator of climate change, and as a place of amazing and terrifying power. I truly hope I never seen the full force of the ocean unleashed. 20 foot waves were impressive enough. A 100 foot wave would be – well, unimaginable. Or maybe I just don’t want to try and imagine it…
If you love and/or respect the ocean, you’ll probably enjoy this book. I learned a lot from it, despite knowing a thing or two about the ocean myself.
Return of the low-flying squid Part 2: I found another squid today, stuck to the roof of the forward cabin. Funny – when I was assaulted last time by projectile squid, there were three of them too. Do squid always travel in threes?
Fresh food update: Had to throw out the last of June’s excellent quinoa salad today. It was furry. There was a fridge magnet at the house we were staying in for several weeks before my launch (thanks so much to Danny and Bronwyn – I bet you’re happy to have your house back now!) that said: “If it walks out of the refrigerator, let it go”. Most of my now not-so-fresh food is getting a bit that way.
Body update: the spots are returning to my nether regions. Sigh. Every year it happens. I thought that between changing seat covers after every shift and regular application of tea tree oil I’d be okay – but apparently not.
Podcast: Vic and I recorded our first ocean podcast today. It will probably go online in the next day or so. Check it out.
Comments: Mum and Vic have told me that there are lots of comments on my blog. I think that Mum has tried to email them to me, but I’m having some problems with email. I can see that I have messages coming in over the satphone, but they are not displaying in Thunderbird. It has done this before and eventually the messages have shown up. But I can’t figure out how to force it to show them.
Upshot of all this is: As soon as I manage to read any of your comments, I will reply to them. But at the moment they are hidden somewhere in the memory of my laptop, concealed from human eye…
Comments: Thanks for all the great comments. I’ve got a bit of a
backlog, as I’ve only just received the comments for the first 3 days.
And I’m seriously keen to get off my backside and let it recover a
little before tomorrow. So in haste….
Thanks, Sandra and Pamela for the inspiring quotes. Fantastic! Thanks,
Nick, for explaining the absence of tracker (boo!). Dennis, good to hear
Jane – good to hear that Jessica is spreading the word. It was a real
pleasure to spend time with you, James and the family while I was in Perth.
Sid from Antarctica – ah, there you are! I didn’t have your contact
details so wasn’t able to get in touch. Glad to have re-found you!
Julie, Jacob, Hans, Jim, Joan, Eric – thanks for the messages. And
Karen, thanks for the inspiring stickers on my jars of jam and
marmalade. Am very much enjoying a pot of Helen Keller at the moment!
Julie – thanks for the blog. I can’t read it from here, but will post
the link here so others can check it out: www.juliemeek.com.au/blog
Pippa and Richard – your exchanges gave me a good giggle too! Pippa – the pillow is a dream! (so to speak!) If only I could sit on it all day as well!
Doug, Jay, Stan, Evan, John, Richard – thanks to my wonderful line of
“cheerleaders” – hmmm, that brought up an interesting visual of you all
wielding pompoms and doing high kicks! 🙂
Okay, I’m sorry, but I really do have to go take the weight off and
spend a few hours lying on my front to allow certain important parts a
chance to recover. Apologies for the visual on that! G’night!
Roz is still rowing to get back to the position where she was a couple of days ago, so just one name today: Susan Bartlett, who had sponsored a few consecutive miles. Please accept our grateful thanks to sponsors who have recently sent their donations – we would love to thank you individually but time does not permit. Thanks to Aimee Divine who now compiles the files of Comments for Roz.