Dedicated row: Emilia
The last 2 hour session has been one of the most enjoyable of all so far! The mountainous terrain far off to the left of me as I rowed, carved out of the landscape is enough to take anyone’s breathe away. I hardly noticed how much progress had been made. That mixed with the emotions of thinking about my family made it go extremely quickly. Emilia in particular was at the forefront.
It’s one of the questions people ask, “how can you leave such a young baby behind? Won’t you find it hard”…. Nearly 4 months now, Emilia is changing daily, so the effect will be noticed and I am gutted to have missed her turning herself onto her back yesterday in the cot (at 4 months!!). Clever girl.. I console myself that we’ll have a lot to catch up on very soon.
In honesty it was that bit more emotional after seeing Josh’s parents.. It was great to see the effort Nene and Paul had made to get up here yesterday, what a wonderful thing to do. I know you’re extremely proud of Josh and for a lot more than merely rowing a boat! He’s doing himself and all his friends and family proud, trust me. Nothing fazes him and we’ve had some experiences that would see most people take the next opportunity to get off!
I haven’t mentioned his “night shifts”. To be honest, its quite entertaining and I told him on the first night that it wouldn’t be something I’d be complaining about because it means I get more sleep after my next row 😉
This wonderful rowing session tonight was in stark contrast to this mornings hammering I took this is why you can see the adjacent line on Yellowbrick running backwards and towards land….yes, that was me!! A northwesterly hit out I nowhere and frankly I didn’t have the heart to wake josh from his well deserved nap.. I simply enjoyed the soaking wet weather and rode with the waves until the Anchor could be put out some 3 1/2 hours after getting in the oars… So from a hideous start to the day, to a beautiful session… This country certainly keeps us on our toes…
Sorry for the long text.. It’s been a while.