So the journey continues… by boat. Rowing boat.
I am happy to say that my plan for the L2L journey is to return to the ocean and make a second attempt on the North Pacific.
There was a moment during Tropical Storm Mawar (or ‘Rosie’ as I had nicknamed it) in June when I thought I would come home and be a teacher. Safe, dry, tucked away from battering waves and the terrible washing machine simulation that Mawar was treating Gulliver and me to.
But even before the end of the storm I had already messaged Sara to say that, while I really wasn’t keen on going head to head with Tropical Storms, I was still in love with the ocean. And I still am. A recent kayaking trip round Mull with Justine confirmed that being on the blue stuff is still one of my most favourite things about this life.
Anyone who knows me knows that I would never have wanted to let ‘Rosie’ put an end to the L2L journey, but at first it was hard to see how to carry it on.
With Gulliver adrift and not coming back, I had thought I would need to reinvent and rejig the route plan and order of things. A few different ideas were kicked around but, after speaking to lots of different people, they were all put aside in favour of continuing the journey in its original form. Row across the North Pacific to Canada, cycle across to the other side, row home across the North Atlantic, and make my way to Tower Bridge using Nelson, Hercules and a rowing boat.
I am aiming for the 2013 season and shall leave from Choshi, Japan once more.
What lies ahead….
In the meantime, my focus is on planning and preparation across all areas of the campaign – funding, training, logistics, kit preparation, mental preparation, team building. My experience with ‘Rosie’ taught me a lot, so it is with this extra knowledge and perspective that the boat and I will be readied for the next attempt. Lessons from Charlie Martell and his boat Blossom (also heavily damaged by Mawar) will also be important. More on the boat in due course…
So, here’s to the next chapter and to London once more… To the ocean, to the other side, to the journey; to smashing the £100K target for the charities and connecting up with even more school children and classrooms all over the world.
As ever, everyone is invited to join the journey and share in the highs and lows and everything in between. If this continuation of the journey does one thing, I hope it inspires people to get out and about and take on their own adventures and challenges. Just watch out for typhoons on the way!
Thanks for your understanding my radio silence recently. It has taken a while to adjust to being home, find my bounce again and figure out some more details to the plan. I am glad to have been so well supported by friends and family, my team and sponsors and feel happy to have the renewed focus and goal. Thank you.
Bring. It. On.
Now that I am ‘off expedition’ for seven months I am available for talks – do get in touch if you would like to find out about me joining your event. firstname.lastname@example.org