This is what my weatherguy wrote to me in his daily email yesterday, comparing where I am now to my wiggly meander down the coast of California and Mexico. I only wish I could see it myself on my chartplotter (not working) or on Marinetrack (not accessible from the boat) so I could appreciate the progress for myself.

But it also got me thinking about some major progress of a different kind. If you’d have told me ten years ago that I’d have rowed the Atlantic and be part way across the Pacific, I’d have told you that you were crazy. I was 30 years old, just another office worker, unmotivated, lacking in self-esteem, with no sense of drive or purpose. There was a faint feeling that there was something missing. I just wasn’t that kind of a person to undertake what could be a dangerous expedition. Only brave and adventurous people did that kind of thing.

And although there have been a few moments of “life vertigo” along the way, when I suddenly look down and wonder how my life got to be this way, generally the progress has been without terror or stress – in fact, as my life has become more in tune with my core values, my stress levels have decreased.

Most of the changes have been incremental, each one providing a stepping stone to the next. And it’s amazing just how much you can achieve, how far you can travel, how much you can change your life, when you take it in baby steps.

One stroke at a time!

Other stuff:

Position at 2130 27th July Pacific Time, 0430 28th July UTC: 24 17.170’N, 137 46.659’W.

Conditions today have been rough, but otherwise not bad at all. Lots of sunshine early in the day, but with enough clouds passing over from time to time to stop me getting too hot in my waterproof jacket – my guard against saltwater and sun. The wind has been brisk and from the NE, so it’s all good!

Thanks for the nice comments about my progress and course. It’s nice to know you’re keeping an eye on me, and that my efforts at the oars are recognized. It’s a tough stage at the moment – so many days at sea, but so many still to go – the encouraging comments are most welcome. In common with most people, I appreciate being appreciated!

A message for Sarah Outen: yup, do what you need to the oars. We’ll sort out the finances when we meet over that G&T. OS sleeping bag superb. Have removed one of the layers of fleece as I’ve headed south into (marginally) warmer climes. Metabolic Conditioning sounds daunting – you can do 100 pull ups?! Flippin’ heck!!

Click here to view Day 64 of the Atlantic Crossing 2 February 2006 Magnificent Absurdity – about rowing at night.

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