We Did It!
21 August 2001 | Lat: 44 42.32' N - Long: 165 31.08' W
What a week! We haven't been so busy since we were on the Japanese mainland. The halfway mark generated a lot of media interest which meant that Tim and I were having to speak on the phone at various times of the day and night. When combined with good rowing weather, which we could not waste, the whole evolution was very tiring for us. The media effort was brilliantly handled by Paul "Headlines" Harradine and the faithful Al Keir (who slept even less than we did) they did a fine job of making our halfway a media event back home. The piece de resistance however was that we were able to do a live TV hookup to the Sky News desk achieving a technical world first - live TV from a Ocean rowing boat. A big thank you to Peter Beardow and all involved for the fantastic Talking Head system that has helped turn Pacific Odyssey into hot media property.
The rowing weather continues along with a little sun to recharge the boat batteries and put a little colour back into our cheeks. The suns appearance after two weeks of fog has been most welcome and as you will see from XPlot we're now slicing through the waves and less than 2000 miles from San Francisco. Our bodies are reacting to the increased workload by making us eat anything in sight and sleep is again as important as it was in the early days. But we are still smiling so it can't be all that bad. Due to the heavy schedule we'll not be answering our many well wishers this week, rest assured you'll all hear from us in person in due course, we've got a bit on at the moment. Al Keir back in our UK base tells us we have many new friends visiting the website in recent weeks. Tim and I are very proud of the team that has built up the project from its humble beginnings to what it is now.
Before I go, a favourite quote of mine at the moment;
"Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters."
M. Scott Peck - The Road Less Travelled.