This is the first time you are hearing from me, Jim's life partner. You can imagine that I want to keep very close tabs on Jim when he launches his rowing skiff loaded to the gills in Miami and disappears over the horizon for 50 days starting. For the most part, Jim will just be a phone call or text away, but not always. Cell phone coverage will be spotty, as many of you may know in the hill towns. His rowing skiff can also get buffeted about and exposed to elements that - worst case scenario - could swamp the boat and - even more worst case scenario - sink the boat! Very unlikely. But then what? It is important for adventures like this to prepare for all contingencies. That's why we decided to invest in a satellite communicator and tracking system if his cell phone is not within range or becomes incapacitated. It will also serve as a second source of navigation in case his GPS navigator fails. More importantly, it will allow you to follow him!! There are pros and cons to this. You might become slightly addicted. You may see that he is not progressing like you think he should. You will begin to go to the worst case scenario. Don't go there...I've got that covered. So relax, have fun and follow Jim's progress beginning May 1 by going to the miami2nyc.com Follow page. Please note: This will not be a 24-7 tracking system, but it will show daily progress at 10 minute intervals when Jim is underway. On this same page, you can also check out the weather conditions for wind, temp. and precip. where Jim is to understand if he seems stalled. Jim and I will both continue to blog regularly to connect you to the amazing places and experiences Jim will have along the way. Stayed tuned and thank you for the supporting Jim and the John P. Musante Health Center!!