Rowlocks and airlocks
I think it’s Monday morning? I wonder what everyone at home is doing on this – you guessed it – wet, cold and cloudy day?
I have still been putting sun cream on my face as I know the cheeky blighter has a way of getting through the clouds and reflecting off the water. I am going to get back with very brown hands and face, and that’s it!!
The day did not continue too well either. Firstly the water maker has some sort of airlock, so I only managed to get about 300ml out of it before I had to stop to let the batteries recharge. I just need to run it a bit with the valve open to bleed the air out. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.
Later on a massive wave caught me from the side. I let go of the oar to grab the rail, when the oar got stuck the wrong way, straight up and trapped by the current. With all my might I managed to free it, but in the process it has bent the plate that the row lock is attached to.
It still works, but I can feel the oar is not entering the water properly now. I tried hammering it back into place, but it’s just not shifting.
In the end I had visions of smashing my hand instead of the hammer on the plate, missing and chucking the hammer in the ocean by mistake, or smashing a hole somewhere I don’t want a hole.
So I decided that I would just have to put up with it for the rest of the way.
Oh just to add insult, I have rowed nearly 1000 miles with no blister…. I now have a blister from all the hammering! Doh!!
The sun made an appearance here and there during the afternoon and into the evening so I did manage to dry out a bit.
My mileage is totting up, which is great, but again I always expect just a bit more from myself. I will keep plodding on regardless.
All of your messages of support are getting through and they really do keep me going, I can’t thank you all enough.