Well the story is coming to an end, it’s back to normal life for a while. I’m writing this from the UK where I’m back on business. There’s a lot to catch up on and London Marathon Exhibition is looming on the horizon.
Australia seems a long time ago already, it’s been great to get home and spend some time just hanging about with Cheryl and the Girls. We are all busy though, Libby was back to school a few days after we got back, Georgie is back in Halifax so the house is quite again already. The media interest continued when we arrived home and we’ve had TV and Paper interviews at home and on the phone. I did a couple of radio interviews which I think told the story a little better as there was more time to answer questions. It’s quite nice that it’s all slowing down a little and I can concentrate on work.
I’ve been eating constantly since I got back and have put a couple of ponds on so I’m looking a little more well fleshed than I was on the dock at the marina. I need to ease back on the eating front especially as I’m struggling getting back into my running. I’ve taken it really easy since I started but I’ve still managed to inflame my achilles tendons, my left achilles is especially aggravated. I ran on Friday morning, only three miles and at an incredibly easy pace but I’ve been struggling to walk since. So it’s back to the drawing board, I need to rest and treat it but I suspect it will be 10 days before I can try again. I might even need to go back on the rowing machine to get some exercise. It’s amazing how you can be in such great shape for one sport and totally incapable of managing to undertake another.
Here are some statistics form the row;
7,482.5 Nautical Miles covered
13,860 Kilometers Covered
8,611 Statute Miles Covered
That means I rowed approximately 30% of the worlds circumference.
It’s also New York to London and back and half way back again.
I was at sea for 209 days so rowed an average of 35nm a day, this compares with 51nm a day during my Atlantic crossing. I think this demonstrates just how much more challenging the Pacific was as a non trade winds route.
I consumed just under 900,000 calories.
Ate about 2000 ginger nut biscuits.
Rowed about 4,500,000 strokes
Rowed for about 2,900 hours
Slept for 900 hours
Made and used about 3000 liters of water.
Destroyed 5 sheep skin seat covers.
SOCKS II is now in a container on her way home and this seems like a natural place to finish the story. I may post a couple more short blogs an the transition back to everyday life but it has taken two weeks to post this blog after writing it due to being so busy so no promises.
I feel quite different to finishing the Atlantic when I knew I hadn’t found what I was looking for and within days I was searching for a new challenge. I feel quite content now, feel I have nothing left to prove to myself and am looking forward to a summer at the family cottage rowing for fun.
I’d like to thank everyone who followed the story, sent messages and thought positive thoughts that helped me through the toughest days. Hopefully I’ve shown that we can all take on bigger challenges than we think we are capable of and even when they become so tough and your only thought is to quit, we can find hidden strength to overcome whatever is thrown at us.
The original Socks which was thought lost at sea was found drifting close to Ireland and the Irish Coast Guard salvaged her just before she was dashed on the rocks. It clearly shows how resilient Jamie’s boats are and how safe an undertaking crossing Oceans is if you have the right equipment.