After being pinned down in Atlantic City on Saturday to ride out the heavy winds induced by Tropical Depression Cindy, I was very pleased to get underway this morning with perfect conditions. The fair tide carried me along nicely and soon Atlantic City was on the distant horizon. An interesting aspect of rowing that takes some getting used to is that your field of vision focuses on where you have been rather than where you are going. So as Atlantic City slowly faded away I was reminded of the extraordinary range of places and people I have experienced on this journey--from the glitz and artifice of Atlantic City to the humble sleepy fishing village in South Carolina that time seemed to have forgotten. While my visual focus was aft today, I needed to carefully think ahead about the logistics of the endgame and the next three days where I will have to closely coordinate my efforts to work with currents, wind, and even a police escort. Yes, that's right, a police escort! I will need to pass through the Point Pleasant canal, a very narrow man-made canal that connects Barnegat Bay to the Manasquan River. The canal has been deemed so treacherous due to fast currents and heavy boat traffic that human powered craft are prohibited from making the passage. My 88-year old dad, after learning of this restriction could break the continuous thread of my journey, took matters into his own hands and used his considerable negotiating skills to persuade the NJ State Police to provide a police boat escort to ensure my safety during passage on Monday afternoon. After clearing the canal, I face two very challenging days to bring the row to conclusion. First, an open water Atlantic Ocean row to Sandy Hook and then, on the final day, a 20-mile row up the New York Harbor to the conclusion at North Cove Marina located just north of Battery Park on the Hudson River. Favorable weather and winds will be critical. Fortunately the forecasts are promising for the next three days. Onward!!!!