Wednesday, December 17, 2008

So close.....

Lots of excitment and confusion in La Gomera at the moment. In short, the departure clearance that I had been granted on Tuesday from the Spanish government was put on hold today with little explanation, at least until tomorrow morning.

If the green light comes through (again) as we hope I'll be off and rowing for Antigua by noon tomorrow.

Given all of the hurdles we've had to overcome during this project it should come as no surprise that another has come up just when it appears that I'm nearing the end of the beginning phase of the trip. With that in mind, we're all optimistic that I'll make it out tomorrow after all, so keep your fingers crossed.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement! Hopefully the next news is an announcement that the row has begun.

Paul

14 comments:

robert p said...

Paul, No worries, all is going to be perfect! We're with you (in spirit).

Anonymous said...

Paul,
Good luck with the row. Stay out of the water. Look forward to meeting you when you get back. Hopefully Corey won't spike the watermellon this time!

Regards,
Jasmine

That Guy said...

go big or go home man. proud of your ass... take some pills for me and safe journeys. see your ass soon

Dan said...

Is there someone we can bribe so that they can let you go tomorrow? Hope you can leave tomorrow, I really want to use the GPS tracker!

Anonymous said...

Will you be doing a racing start? I think you should start out at a 36 stroke rate and then settle about 30 spm.

Godspeed, ETS

Gdovin said...

Be safe and have fun out there

Chucky said...

hey asshole, be safe out there, and whatever you do, make sure you tie wilson up with something a lil stronger than video tape...we all know how that one plays out...

That Guy said...

yanuzzi had his kid...and when you get back he will be expecting again.

runswithscissors said...

Hey, your blog and the GPS tracker is posted in the GA kitchen - pressure is on, everyone's watching now, so don't screw up! :) Seriously - safe journey, looking forward to hearing all the tales when you're back in the office.

Godspeed,

Ei

Sara said...

Paul -

Can't wait to hear about all of the favorable waves, tail winds, perfect currents, and delicious "just add water" meals! Row fast and be safe - I look forward to following your progress :-)

- Shayes

Sara said...

Oh, and definitely do a race start out of La Gomera...I mean 36 spm is totally manageable with a half ton boat!!

CTK Family said...

Sorry to hear about the delay. We're all thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Yeah man I've had my kid. Healthy boy.
And no we won't be expecting by the time you get back.
However, if you don't get this clearance thing straightened out soon I think my son will be buying your first beer in Antigua.
Also, don't get lazy in that Spanish port, put down the cerveza and do some pushups!

Jervais said...

10 Saturday 2009
HI FROM MINNEAPOLIS,MN! I'm not sure where I am in this Bog but hey...hopefully you will find it and read it. I just visited with your sister, Joy at her office "house" party. My husband works with her and that is how I heard about your plan to row across the Atlantic. AWESOME....I will be following your trip over the next couple of months. Safe Journey!

JanetB in Mpls