Annie: Getting back on track
Well, like the rest of the world, we are heading back to work this Monday morning...
HAllelujah! Hallelujah! Hall...el...u...jah!!!
After 5 days on the para anchor it feels brilliant to be rowing again and to be able to actually make some progress towards Antigua for once! The worst of the low has passed us now and we're just left dealing with the tail end of it... a bit of swell and some moderate winds - but nothing too serious.
It will be interesting to see how our bodies cope with getting back on the oars. After 5 days, everything seems to have softened somewhat so it will no doubt be a bit of a shock going straight back to a minimum of 12 hours exercise a day! (All those pain barriers will have to be broken through AGAIN. Groan!)
Our hands aren't quite so much of a problem anymore as some serious delving to the depths of our first aid kit came up trumps - we discovered some marvelous anti inflamatory pills that work a treat. Happy pills indeed! (We just need to find a similar cure for bottom ache and we're sorted!)
In the grand scheme of things I don't think Explore fared too badly on anchor. I know that some of the other crews literally went backwards for a good few miles which must have been frustrating beyond belief! We'll know more once we get our next update but we're hoping that we've managed to at least maintain our position. It would be fantastic if we'd managed to gain a few miles but I suspect that might be wishful thinking!
Even after this little setback, we're still smiling... Happy, if a little fatter!
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