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Luling, Louisiana. 24th October(With my apologies to Will Shakespeare)He which hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart. Coins for convoy shall be put in his purse and his passport made, for we would not die in that man’s company that fears his fellowship to die in ours. Today is the feast of St Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.” Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s...read more
The finish is near! John and the team finish their epic voyage at approx 2pm on Saturday 25th October and they’ll be exiting the water here: Belle Chasse Marine Transportation301 Alabo StreetNew OrleansLA 70117USAFor more information on the day call the team on tel: 651 955 2438.read more
Donaldsville, Louisiana. 23rd OctoberIt is amazing what impact 5 litres of cold water filled with electrolytes and magnesium, a large meat feast pizza, lying in an air conditioned room and getting ten hours sleep can do to a tired body. Even if you are an old geezer like me! Anyway, my apologies for that lame “woe is me” blog of yesterday. As of today, my mojo is well and truly back.Because of the extra miles of yesterday, plus the significant difficulties we now face in trying to find suitable exits (note – Paddy explained...read more
A short video from me, that’s taken a little while to work its way across the ether to these pages . . .read more
Donaldsville, Louisiana. 22nd OctoberA combination of ludicrously serpentine river and strong wind, meant we were once again battered by winds, super tankers and barges, on what turned out to be a 43 mile day, and frankly has left me on my knees. The river below Baton Rouge is industrial in every aspect. I cannot really do justice to this blog or the events of the day today, so will beg your forgiveness this once and I will try to write more tomorrow.I need to lie in an air conditioned room for a few hours before getting ready for another 35...read more
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 21st OctoberToday marked another small milestone in our journey to New Orleans. Paddy and I paddled 38 miles from St Francisville to Baton Rouge this morning and this marked the last day that we will row together on this trip. It was a stage full of event, as I will relate, but it was also a little emotional for the two of us, bound as we now are by literally thousands of miles together down this river. I will not even begin to try to encapsulate what a hero he has been on this trip – that will be for another...read more
St Francisville, Louisiana. 19 OctoberThe title of this blog is intentionally ambiguous in its meaning. I have checked and re-checked the calendar and whichever way I view it, we have only 6 days until we reach New Orleans and the end of our journey of 2,320 miles down this most majestic of rivers. But we still have 6 days to negotiate. A strange series of sensations and emotions are beginning to well up as I approach these last sections now that we are clearly in sight of the line. But we are also on the edge in other ways too.Both Paddy and...read more
Natchez, Mississippi. 17th October.Late last night, we were joined by Matt “fresh meat” Brittin, an old rowing mate of the highest pedigree, along with Marysh and Alison Chmiel, and their young son Stan. Marysh has been a long standing supporter of this project and we were all delighted to have him and Al with us, not least because they are both hard as nails rowers too! Marysh is also a maker of furniture that is of truly exquisite quality and even before he came out, he made for me and the project 90 presentation boxes from the...read more
Vicksburg, Mississippi. 16th October.The vicissitudes of work – a combination of the understandable disquiet about Ebola, falling growth in the US economy and worries about the eurozone – meant that our stalwart supporter and great friend, Chris Gate, simply could not make it back to Louisiana. He has been utterly four square behind me and this project since inception and his contribution cannot be overstated, so we were saddened that he could not be with us for the last legs. However, our disappointment has been somewhat assuaged...read more
Tallulah, Louisiana. 14th OctoberWe had a clue that the weather was going to be possibly uncooperative, when we started to see tornado warnings on several radio and TV stations. We started to take it seriously once we realised the impact of this on our already crowded schedule. Wide awake readers (or should I say, wide awake reader) will recall that we now have only one rest day remaining in the run in to the finish. Not only would this mean that we were forced to take our rest day during the storms, but it would also impact our two new...read more