My phone cast this evening (technically yesterday as I write this at 01:15) cut out after less than a minute I think, so I thought I’d quickly touch base with an email. Forgive spelling, grammar etc – it’s been a looooong day.
The goal today was to go sub 200 before I went to bed. I came in from rowing at quarter past midnight, having pulled us to 200 nautical miles from our waypoint at the western passage to Adak. In the last forty minutes we have drifted the final bit. We did it.
My back is screaming, my hands are curled as though bent round the oars and I only know my toes are on the end of my legs because I can see them. Although the southerly wind is warmer than if it were from the north, it is still chilly both within and without the cabin. Currently reading 11 degrees inside.
Chimpy has been pretty quiet the last few days, calm and chilled about this final push for the most part. Though some of that has been thanks to me telling him to sit tight until he’s needed. Tonight with the ‘Sub 200’ goal he was chattering away that we could row all night into the dawn and make the most of the waxing moon and gentle seas. I politely told him where to go and that we need to conserver our energy. After all, we still have 200 miles to go. And of course I was right. The final few hours and Chimpy just wanted to come inside and sleep and not sit at the oars with stiff back, full of knots and hands stuck in one position. ‘Just a few more miles Chimpy and we’ll be there….Come on Chimpers, let’s do a push for ten…and another…and…another?’ Now that we’re inside Chimpy has crashed and I am just doing final admin for the day. WE need another feed of something warm – perhaps a curry or mashed potato. I think I‘ve already earned 3 curries in the last 24hours. Delicious.
In other very happy looking-ahead-to-land news, Lucy is going to meet me in New York on the way home. Getting out to Adak is crazily expensive so we decided NYC would be a good half way home point. We’ll be staying with one of my sponsors from Accenture and I cannot wait.
Crazy and brilliant and a whole riot of things to think I might be on land by this time next week. Oh yes, and by the time you read this we will be half way home to London, having crossed the point at which East longitude becomes West. Massive sleepy happy tired satisfied grins.
Feels like we are red lining it. Just topping up enough food and sleep to keep things pushing hard to the end. Enough in the tank for the final couple of days which will be the maddest and most demanding of all and emptying it enough to know there is nothing more I can do. And enough to keep us alert and thinking clearly. Landing will be our biggest challenge to date.
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Sarah, Happy Socks and Chimpy x