Just to reassure you all, I am actually trying my darndest to head towards Mauritius and the awaiting rum punch(es). Two lovely Westward days and now one where I’ve just spent nine hours rowing across a wind blasting up from the South and even treating us to some SW, which makes for a few solitary miles West and a passport North. Add lots of rain, big sea splashes and a dose of ‘Rower’s Bottom’ (think saltwater boils) and today has been one of those days where you have to constantly remind yourself of how funny it all really is. No, really. Like when the wave sloshed right into the boat while I was painting my face yellow with suncream – when I say into, I mean literally in to the cabin, right over me who was doing said painting while standing on the threshold. For the next tale, you need to imagine yourself walking along, minding your own business, and turn to find a sparrow flying low range over your head, about a sparrow’s wing length away. You’d have a wee shock, eh? Bit of a surprise. Heart might skip a beat. Now imagine the same again, but scale it up. Albatross at wing-length away, low flying, straight at your head by the time you spot him. After a ‘flippin’ heck!’ I then laughed a lot at how I’d been spooked by one of the most majestic and peaceful birds to fly these seas, and turned to watch him soaring over the waves. That’s what Dippers needs I think, a pair of albie wings. Maybe I’ll make her some, I’ve got gaffa tape and cable ties…
Meanwhile , I’m going to do some more rowing. Last night’s rowathon turned out to be beautiful – the rain clouds got the hints that they weren’t welcome and we rowed under a clear and mind-blowingly starry sky. Six shooting stars and lots of bioluminescence made it all the more spectacular and I finally crawled into bed after 16 hours at the oars. Yawn! But ’twas another 45 miler, so well worth it.
Ric assures me new wind is due in a few hours, so tomorrow’s track should look a bit more fruitful.
S & D x x
Charlie Chase – I agree, a mars is best eaten in multiples.
Xtina -Hmmm….Maurice. Think your boys will be in well ahead of me.
Vince – Position should be available on my tracker page.