Lucy here – Sarah’s fiancee. IT’S NEW YORK DAY!! Excitement doesn’t come close enough to what I’m feeling right now. I am happily tapping away in amongst piles of clothes and bags packing and repacking and double and triple checking where I’ve left my passport.
I want to start by thanking you all for supporting Sarah through this mind blowing Pacific feat. The encouraging and supportive messages in her decision to firstly head north to Adak, and all the lovely words on her row in and then once on land were so powerful. When Sarah couldn’t check emails out there or when she was a bit down and just hearing another voice was a comfort, we would have ‘story time’. I would sit at my computer in bed and read every comment to her over the phone to her little cabin, and I cannot tell you what that did for her. It gave her massive strength knowing so many wonderful people were behind her.
The last couple of weeks have been an emotional time- watching the little yellow tracker dot move closer to land, and constantly refreshing and updating web pages to see if there have been any tweets or texts on progress. Messages flew back and forth between Sarah’s Mum and I: ‘Heard anything?’ ‘No, not yet, you?’ ‘Wait, yes! 32 miles to go.. Phew.’ And then minutes later the same messages sent and received until further news.
The few days before Sarah’s landing have been some of the hardest of them all for me. Feeling pretty helpless, whilst she battled the winds, currents and foggy conditions in towards land and totally exhausted. All I could do to reassure myself was to think who exactly was in the little white boat rowing it home. If anyone on this earth could do this, it would be Sarah. Even the impossible is possible with a Sarah Outen in charge. Figuring out the Aleutian waters is an ongoing puzzle – something that even throws up surprises to local fishermen with its formidable currents, and whilst the locals stared in bewilderment, and fishermen shook their heads in disbelief, this little white ocean rowing boat waltzed ashore.
It seems landing in Adak was meant to be built in to L2L and it has been a perfect place for the often tricky transition of adjusting from ocean to land life. Surrounded by the ocean and mountains and supportive, helpful islanders to welcome her ashore, the switch has been effortless. And for this I want to thank everyone who has helped and welcomed Sarah and Tony and James to that beautiful island. Forever grateful.
Once on land, stormy weather wobbled satellites which meant internet was patchy and communications back to the UK limited. Which, again was a great way for Sarah to enjoy her first few days ashore and focus on sorting Happy Socks without too much distraction.
For now know she is safe and en route to NYC and I am the self-appointed happiest, proudest, smileiest fiancée there is and I cannot wait to get on that plane and be in New York with her. Thank you all again for supporting Sarah, Happy Socks and Chimpy.