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March 5, 2007

The Last Genetically Modified Apple and Sher's Lumpy Porridge

LOCATION: Arabian Sea Crossing
Day: 34
Longitude: N:15°01.331'
Latitude: E: 052°08.778'
Heading: 270°M
Wind: ENE, Force: 2-3
Miles total Mumbai - Djibouti: 1,861
Miles from Mumbai: 1,307
Miles to Djibouti: 549

Its always a sad moment when the last piece of fruit on board comes under the knife. Normally an orange is the last living thing to be eaten, But today, thanks largely to the wonders of genetic engineering, the winner for longevity was awarded to an apple that started off life in Washington state in the US, was transported half way around the globe to India, and eventually put on display at the fruit and veg market in Collaba, Mumbai. And the scary thing is that it looked as fresh this morning as the day I bought it over 40 days ago. Regardless of the ethics of GM (genetically modified) foods, it certainly has been a treat to have consistently crunchy and delicious fresh fruit on our morning porridge.

The conditions these past 48 hours have been the best of the voyage so far with a brisk 10-15 knot wind from the stern and respectable mileages of up to 50 miles notched up on the chart each day. We could be arriving into Djibouti on the morning of the 17th or 18th at this rate. So everything seems to be moving forward in the right direction for a change.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Sher's morning porridge which seems to be getting worse as the voyage progresses. Even the last apple couldn't save this morning's effort. WIth the consistency of a camel's nasal discharge punctuated with lumps of uncooked matter floating around in it, today's brew would be enough to prompt instant mutiny at a Siberian Gulag should the unfortunate inmates be subjected to it. Thankfully his evening dals are excellent however, so by the time you read this update all will have been forgiven for crimes committed earlier in the day in the kitchen. I am also thankful that he won't get to read this until we reach land, by which time it will be too late for him to subject me to any further culinary torture.


Posted on March 5, 2007 3:08 PM


I'm 32 F Aussie, travelling for 12 years as a backbacker now explorer/photographer. Want to tell you. "Great shot of Sher". Big red apple rosy cheeks, deep black eyes. You bought the apple to life." Tis a winner! Happy days :)

Posted by: TansDHerville [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2007 11:30 PM

It sounds like it was a great day for you. Your levity shines through today. Fantastic leg to follow ! Jason hope you got my message regarding Rover.

Posted by: tagami [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2007 7:58 AM