Five Weeks In
9th February 2019
5 weeks today since I left Gran Canaria, I really can’t believe it. This has been such an amazing adventure with my passion which is the Ocean. Now I am getting closer to land I am starting to wonder some things….
1. Will I be able to walk when I get off the boat? It struck me today that although I stand up everyday to look over the bow and have a good stretch, I have not actually walked anywhere for five whole weeks. My calf muscles seem to have become smaller and when I flex them they don’t seem as powerful. I will be doing a few leg days in the gym when I get back.
2. Will real life seem overwhelming? I have really enjoyed my own company with the odd message here and there to friends and family, apart from that I have had no calls or emails or pressure from anything that normal life brings. My days consist of making sure I have made enough water, make sure I have enough food, look after myself, look after the boat and row like a crazy rowing woman day and night hour after hour! Apart from the odd bit of music or audio books that is my simple life right now and I love it. I hope I can manage all the piled up work that will be waiting for me when I get back.
3. What next? I will answer that one when I have had time to recover and reflect!
It’s been a beautiful sunny day, so that always puts me on a night. But the wind has gradually eased off over the course of the day. There is now not much more than a light breeze so overnight will be tough going with little mileage to show for it. I have learnt that there is nothing I can do about the weather so I will just get as many miles as I can and enjoy the calmer conditions whilst I have them. It is quite nice to be able to sit on deck typing this, watching the stars appearing as it gets darker, without constantly being bombarded with waves and washouts. The lighter wind days also make spotting wildlife easier, which leads me to my next part of today’s story.
About 4pm the sun was now round almost behind me, so if there is anything in the water, the sun will reflect off it. Suddenly I can see something large and blue following directly behind the boat about a foot away. At first I wondered if it was a baby whale? Then I thought it may be a large dolphin as it moved in the same kind of way, but it was not breathing on the surface as all the others I have seen have done.
Then as it came along side I could see its massive long beak…. a Marlin!! Wow!! I grabbed my go pro camera and stuck it in the water, I managed to get a glimpse of it on camera and also got a reasonable still from it. I will try and attach it to this blog but the quality gets compressed via satellite. It quickly shot off after that and did not see it again for the rest of the day.
My favourite part of Saturday is now my weekly letter from Molly and Rosie. I yet again was not disappointed. This week was telling me to never give up and dream big. Very very wise words, ones of which I will defiantly stick to. I also got a little mascot who now sits with my other good luck charms. I want to send pictures of everything but I just don’t have the data to be able to. I will send what I can then share the rest when I get back.
Thank you again for reading,
I hope you enjoy getting them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Dream big, and never give up.