Ben Edwards 17.22 UTC from the East Siberian Sea
Hello, so, you remember the blog I did a few days ago where I said I was really miserable? Well in response to that a whole set of people put comments on the PolarOcean website offering advice and generally being supportive. I’ve just finished reading them. Thanks for those, it really cheered me up and made me smile. I got messages from a schoolfriend, my headmaster, oh, and by the way Andrew, you may not think much of your micro poetry but The Mother and Barbara really like them, I’m afraid I usually need to get one of them to translate it for me. I’m not much of a poet, sorry. I got one from a crew member who’ll be joining us in Tuk who flew a small aircraft over the Atlantic at 20, I look forward to hearing about that David, thanks.
I got one from Whiteness School. Hi guys, thanks for writing, yes the puffin is still there and I’ve still got that skeleton horse one of you gave me, sorry I can’t remember your name, you were the one in the grey hoodie weren’t you? There were a few more from people I couldn’t identify, thank you everyone who wrote, whoever you are. Though some of the comments were humorous and some were actually very helpful the reason they actually touched me is that I’m surprised that there are people out there who care about how I feel. Generally I just try to get on with things and not think about how I feel, so the fact that you actually took time out of your day to write those was a new and lovely experience. Thanks.
Anyway, in more happy news We’ve got enough wind to put the staysail out and the skies are clear. I think quite a lot of how I was feeling may have been that I hadn’t got any sunshine for over two weeks, the last couple of days however have been warm(ish) and bright. I at least am coming dangerously close to feeling actually happy, I don’t know about anyone else. Just at the end of my watch earlier we hit one hundred and fifty seven degrees, we’re doing well. Provided we continue like this we should be in Point Barrow in under a week. Bye