This interview was particularly special to Jim because WRSI's General Manager David Musante is John Musante's brother. Thank you Monte and David for helping to get Jim's row to benefit the John P. Musante Health Center out on the air waves. Jim has raised $80,000 of his $100,000 goal for the J.P. Musante Health Center. Only $20,000 to go. Keep the donations rolling in!
It was great to see Jim for a few days and to see that he is doing so well. He has lost a few pounds and his hands are like vice-grips, but otherwise his health is holding up great - both physically and mentally. When I asked him if he was getting tired of rowing, his answer was a simple "no." He described himself feeling a bit like Forest Gump, he could just keep rowing, and rowing, and rowing like Forest kept running across the country in the movie. In fact, he said he might not even stop in New York, that he might just continue on up to Maine and continue around the Great Loop! Let's see if he has the same answer when he actually gets to New York. Row Jim Row!!
After 21 days, I finally caught up with Jim in the deep south, taking many backroads to a beautiful spot in the middle of the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. The ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge helps protect the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast, with rich bottomland hardwoods and fresh and salt water marsh offering food and cover to a variety of wildlife. ACE Basin stands for the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers, which form the estuary and parts of the Refuge boundary. The entire basin encompasses more than 350,000 acres, of which the Refuge comprises just less than 12,000 acres. We camped along the shores of this spectacular estuary. The picture is of Jim off for another 30 miles this morning. We will meet up again near Charleston at the end of the day.