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July 29, 2007

When I’m not worrying about the ships around me, I find ways to enjoy my trip.  I observe all the unique details of the experience.

As a mountain climber, I always found comfort during cold climbs in the purring sound my stove made.  What comforts me on the ocean?  When I row after dark, the red light of the ARGOs tracking equipment makes me feel better.  It is nice to know that someone knows my location.

I am also comforted by the sound of my electric water maker.  My life depends on having water to drink.  I also need water for making the freeze-dried meals I have on board. Even though I am surrounded by an ocean of water, I might as well be in the desert.  Humans cannot survive on salt water.

I have solar panels on top of my boat that use the sun’s energy to charge the batteries I keep on board.  I charge my satellite phone, mp3 player and handheld computer with a lighter jack. 

Just in case of emergency, I have 25 gallons of fresh water in jugs on my boat.  This is enough for just over 30 days.  I also have two other manual water makers.  Just think, the first ocean rowers didn’t even have electric water-makers.

It is important that I produce my water without asking for help.  I want to be able to claim that I had an “unassisted crossing.”

I am about 150 nautical miles south of San Diego, California.

*Entry adapted for grades 5-8 by Andrea Rogers

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