It's been a while since I have posted a blog. My focus has been on rowing long, hard days to stay on schedule despite many weather delays. I had to cut short my row yesterday when wind rapidly picked up in advance of a major storm. Within minutes, significant waves and "chop" formed. This is sometimes predictable, but often not, like yesterday. In past days, I have been in remote estuaries and marshland with no solid land in sight causing me great stress keeping the boat stable and safe. I was fortunate yesterday to have had a private dock to secure my boat as the storm rapidly whipped up the waters. Nearby, I pitched my tent and settled in for the stormy night. These days are testing me to my physical limit but as the days pass, I find my body growing resilient to this level of effort requiring long days of up to 10-12 hours of continuous rowing (the picture of my hand tells some of this story). In fact, after visiting friends Gail and Chuck Nelson, formerly of Amherst, at Pauleys Island, NC, I was able to row 49 miles, a high water mark for the trip. I left Moorehead City, NC this morning and face the daunting challenge of 3 major open water crossings in the next 100 miles. My spirits were boosted by two radio interviews yesterday - NEPR and WRSI - that reinforced to me how this journey is bringing awareness to the John P. Musante Health Center.