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March 12, 2007

Pedaling Nowhere Fast

LOCATION: Arabian Sea Crossing
Day: 41
Longitude: N:13°14.444'
Latitude: E: 047°44.122'
Heading: 250°M
Wind: ENE, Force: 2-3
Miles total Mumbai - Djibouti: 1,881
Miles from Mumbai: 1,581
Miles to Djibouti: 300

Just when we thought we had the voyage in the bag a fierce counter-current has kicked in from the direction we're heading. For the last 42 hours we've been pedaling as hard as we can but the net result is that we're actually pedaling on the spot!

After the high mileage days of the past week this has stopped us in dead our tracks. And the strange thing is that the conditions are about as ideal as they could get: a force 3 wind (steady 15 knots) from the stern, with following 2 metre seas pushing us consistently westwards - apparently. But looks can be very deceiving, and instead of seeing a brisk 3 knot speed on the GPS, all we're seen is the big double O!

There's a lesson in all of this of course, which Sher will expound upon in the next update. But for now, we're just biding time waiting for things to turn around, trying to keep our minds diverted from the lack of miles made good so the legs can keep turning.


Posted on March 12, 2007 4:20 PM


Keep on going - you can't be stopped for long.

Posted by: Darcia [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 13, 2007 5:59 AM