Hello Easting, my old friend – it looks like we are here again… (Sung to the tune of that famous song, you know).
By the time I have written this blog post Happy Socks shall have blown over our good friend the 165th parallel East once more, thankfully this time in the right direction. We have just entered a painfully short and happily useful window of westerly wind – the east stuff returns after tomorrow.
The curiously brilliant thing about the last couple of days of being blown by contrary winds and currents is that even though our track was NW or NNW (i.e. back towards Japan), our distance to the outer edge of Vancouver Island still went down. The more North we go, tiddly pom, the shorter the row, tiddly pom – to steal a tune from my favourite bear Winnie the Pooh.
You’ll have to forgive the random asides; I think that’s what all this time alone and a lot of it cabin bound does to you. It does to me anyway, it seems.
After a little dip in mojo the last few days after yearning for home – or specifically my girlfriend – I am back in the groove. It is the first time I have been away on a big expedition with a partner at home and, while I gain huge strength from her, I do miss her a lot, especially at times of big milestones or events back home. Still, thank goodness for Iridium – providers of my satellite phones and airtime. It means we can speak daily, morning and night and sometimes more often if I am cabin bound. When I am down she helps me up, when I am up we share in it together and we talk of plans and futures and allsorts in between. Being away while being in a relationship has certainly changed my perspective on future expeditions, in line with the feeling I had while pedalling and paddling out to Japan two years ago that, while I will always adventure, come London on my return home, I shall be ready for home life and a shared one at that.
So, here’s to my wonderful soul mate, helping me weather the storms and ride the waves. Just a short time, and we’ll be together once more. That keeps me going. And rowing.
Until next time,
Sarah and Happy Socks x
P.S: YESSS! We are now back on the right side of 165 E.
Replies to comments:
Guy & Casey: 2 years old and the world ahead! Happy days. See you in Canada.
Roz Savage: Aye, the ocean is one of the best teachers in the world.
Judith: Sheroic, I like it!
Peter Booth: My dreams at sea are often really weird and very realistic, so I wake up not knowing what is real or not.
Linda in Cambridge: Positive vibes and messages of support are always appreciated and very useful – keep them coming, please and thankyou.
Gigi Walentini: The non-sleeping last night was all my fault, it seems. I slurped an energy gel a few hours before bed, thinking that it would just be like having some sweets – totally forgot about the caffeine content.
Andrew & Judy Henderson: It’s hard to tell if the litter I see out here is from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. There is plenty of plastic with Japanese script on it – but nothing to time-place it.