Day sixty approaches. Unfortunately the only thing that I seem to be approaching is the Grand Banks and Canada. I love the latter and am intrigued by the former, though I want to visit neither. I want to go home.
Not right now; don’t worry, I still want to row this ocean and pull up in England for an ice cream under my own power a few months hence. But I really would like to put a few more miles between Happy Socks ‘ stern and the sand in Chatham, the last land walked on back in May.
For now it seems that the ocean and atmosphere has other ideas, as if knowing that it might be its last attempt to hang out together for a while, given that I have no immediate ocean plans after this journey.
My plans are for wrapping the journey with storytelling – film and book and talks – and then focusing on getting kids outside and connected with the land via an Adventure Farm. Lucy and I swap ideas on it frequently. That and our wedding, which takes up even more phone hours. It is a bit of a double life in some ways – being so isolated and immersed in the moment of the ocean, contrasted with talk of future plans and happenings.
You may have heard my phonecasts or seen my tweets on losing the rudder in rough weather last weekend. It has proved difficult rowing without it at times, depending on conditions, and the periods not rowing are even more frustrating without it. A new one is being made in the U.K. as I type and Tony, my brilliant Shore Support, is trying to source a Deliverer. Hopefully a cruise ship will be game to swing by and do a spot of rower – sighting. I am hoping I can get a bit of a food resupply too, given that I expect to be out here longer than we first planned. Watch this space. …
Meanwhile, I continue to try and make ground East while I can and hold fast while I cannot. The weather and currents are boss out here – I just have to make the most of opportunities or reduce collateral. High hopes, low expectations and reminding myself that nothing lasts forever.
Big thanks to everyone who has donated to the charities via text giving and the online giving. We are now well over 40k including Gift Aid, so plugging steadily on to the 100k goal.
Thanks too for all the messages of support. They always make me smile and grateful for all the good energy coming my way.
Sarah and Happy Socks
P.s Still no chance to try my home made rudder yet
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