Sorry to interrupt my cheesesteak story - I will get back to The Good, The Not-Bad, and The Totally Lame tomorrow, if not tonight. I'm still at work right now, just taking a short break. March is like that.
Oh, poor Lewis Colam. He's the young Brit who's rowing the Intracoastal Waterway to raise funds for Alzheimer's research right now. I'm in a crazy time at work right now, so I've been enjoying following along, having a little vicarious adventure watching the SPOT track progress & listening to his daily updates. I've been pretty impressed by his sticktoitiveness - he's here on a 90 day visa so he hasn't got unlimited time, and that meant that when Florida welcomed him with a week of 30kt winds from the wrong direction, he didn't have the luxury of holing up until things calmed down - nope, he sat out the one worst day when winds were up to 35kts, but other than that, I think he managed to claw out at least a few miles every day. The business about going out to sea to avoid the gators never happened, he's stayed entirely within the ICW, he's made a couple of decent judgement calls, he's met a lot of nice folks, and his average mileage per day has been hovering right around where it needs to be if he's going to make it to NYC (although he hasn't got much of a margin for weather, health issues, etc. right now, needs to pick up some mileage to get that back).
I say "poor Lewis", though, because the day before yesterday, he got a hard lesson in which Florida critter it is that you REALLY need to watch out for when you're boating.
T'ain't gators, nope.
Thursday morning update - Well, I listened to yesterday's update just before I went home and he sounded much more cheerful. He's trying so hard to be optimistic, it's fun listening to him - the critter incident really got him down, but then yesterday he told a story about a gentleman coming running out to him from an island and giving him a sandwich and a "packet of crisps" and an iced tea (his reaction to the tea was funny, he mentioned that being British, he thinks of tea as purely a hot drink, but he found he liked it, and just being handed a nice cold drink in the middle of the day was such a wonderful & unexpected luxury) and then some extra ice which he used on a sore knee - made his day & it actually sounds like it made up for the furry-bandit trauma.
He does a very nice job with these little updates.
I do hope he does get moving a little better - I recalculated his average after he finished last night & right now he's a tiny bit behind a pace that will get him to NY. He's dipped below and managed to bring it back up before, though.