It’s 7am uk time (still no idea what this is mid Atlantic time but it’s still dark). I’m in awe of the setting moon in the west and the slight lightening sky in the east and then I hear something. I see something and out of the glass rolling swell, a pod of dolphins swims with me on their way to wherever. Who gets the opportunity to have dolphins swimming and surfacing in the reflection of a full setting moon? What a way to start week 5.
Now, week 5 and I was hoping to be pretty close to the end. The past two weeks have gone on forever and I think I have moved about 300nm In that time. I’m not measuring my daily distance anymore so I idea. It’s not good for morale! I just have to remember that every stroke is closer and that I will get there. All I remember is thinking that 6 weeks was definitely achievable. Now I’ll be lucky if I do it in 7!! It’s hot (37deg 2 knots wind if I’m lucky) the wind that there is is still coming from the west and making what power I do have, pretty useless. Even worse that I’m heading south away from this mega system above me (I thank my lucky stars I’m not up there though.) speaking of wind, I think my body produces more than Mother Nature, at the moment. Brings a smile to face if nothing Else!!
My thoughts are still pretty basic and obscure (no change there then! ). Today, being as calm as it is, you can see tracks On the surface of the water, I presume from passing ships. Now, considering I’ve seen one ship in five weeks and the closest last Saturday was 260km away, I wonder when these tracks are from. How long do they last there in the sea and what causes the water to be more glassy where they have passed. I actually rowed down one for a while and considering the scale of this place, that was pretty cool. Simple things, hey!
I am eating my main meals fine and probs about half my snack pack now. Some things I just can’t eat but think all is good. My body has assorted now, I’m sure.I watch some films and series at night and seem to be fixated by the food they are always eating!! Take aways, eating out… I should just be thankful that I have nutritious food but I can’t help but dream…1st world issues, I know, sorry.
Boat and body maintenance in the middle of the day and pretty excited to have removed a large bag of rubbish from the cabin and can now start a fresh. My food seems to go everywhere so lots of finding chilli and pasta in little nooks and crannies. The memory of the shark is still too close so the bottom of the boat will have to wait. My balls aren’t big enough although probs a bit irrational.
Sunset was as amazing as sunrise except moon and sun in opposite places. Good day but this slow rowing is definitely effecting the body so I give myself the luxury of a stretch and dig my thumbs hard into my back muscles. All good though.
Too hot to do much. It takes it out of you. I’m sure my bottle of water has doubled in weight.its barely worth the effort so 3pm uk time I’m sitting in my cabin sweating, and naked, writing this. I tried to row but thought I’d save my energy for the Easterlies on their way tonight!! Or at least wait until the sun isn’t directly on top of me with no wind. Whatever fashion thing I do, it works for about 10 mins and then it’s effect wears off. From silk scarfs to wet tshirt. I have given the bottom of the boat a clean along with a little fish I found sheltering from the sun.My sat phone is playing up. You’d think in this day and age of technology Iridium would have developed something a little more reliable. I start to wonder what would happen if I suddenly can’t contact Angus (weather and all over wonderman). I know it would be fine but should really talk about contingencies. Didn’t have enough money for a back up so I guess I will deal with whatever. Sure it will be fine. I mean I know where I’m going so… (this is not something for people to worry about btw, if it happens it happens and worrying will make n0 difference!)I’m afraid this is all a bit boring but thank your lucky stars it’s only been 5mins of your life and you’re not actually living it!! I’m fine but definitely keen to get moving west.I hear you have snow and the uk has come to a standstill too. Trying to think where I’d rather be. It’s difficult to know. Think I’m happy enough here.
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