Well it seems a bit of shameless pleaing can go a very long way. Portugal to Mauritius, even. I am so happy.
I nearly had to call on a very large shot of port to get me to sleep after I had heard of the kind donations -I was soooo excited that the bouncing off the walls was getting in the way of the sleep fairies patiently trying to pursuade me to Nod.
Jim from Mactra Marine – thank you so much! See you at S’oton I hope. Folks -if you need Gin Machines (they do water makers too-but I recommend the gin machines), this is your one stop shop. www.mactrashop.co.uk
Geoffers, you ace buddy! Folks, you’ll see from my regular bantering that Geoff Holt is a good friend and an extraordinary guy. I was part of his support crew in 2007 for a solo sail round GB. He sails the Atlantic later this year. What makes all of this the more incredible is the fact that Geoff is a quadriplegic, I.e. paralysed from the chest down. www.geoffholt.com www.personalatlantic.com
And donor #3 to the ‘Ricardo to Mauritius’ Campaign – I don’t know who you are yet, but you made my day.
Safe to say, I am on Cloud 9 (I’ve been here a while – about 122 days), charging about like a hyperactive kangaroo – in my head at any rate – at the thought of landing in just a few days.
Mum and Matt fairly jolly ecstactic too. Our dear one-eyed pooch, Bonnie , has been packed off on holiday to my big brother Mike (sadly he is too busy jumping out of planes to be allowed out to M) and so the grand plan is coming together.
Folks, one and all, thanks so much for all the support and sponsorship and donations and goodwill. There is none more than I who shall be a wee bit sad to step ashore next week and round off this chapter of the expotition. It is mind boggling for me too.
My bet is tomorrow I leave behind the 60s and Monday we will be Rum Punching and laughing at my land wobbling…
More excitably than ever,
Outey Toot Toot x
PS: Massive congratulations to my buddies Andy & Guy on Flying Ferkins, who landed in Port Louis after 102 days at sea yesterday, as the first pair to row the Indian Ocean.
Charlie Chase – You win! It was Rachel not Richard.
Jenna – Just rechecked the letter and it said ‘Will bake you three cakes when you’re back’. Three! Ooh…chocolate…carrot…. Lemon. Hehe!
Mark Powell – Buckingham Rd here I come!