Wed 21 Oct 2009 14:13
Course: Southwest 2 knots
Wind: Southeast, light breeze
Weather: Overcast, warm, humid
Day's Run: 101 miles
We made another fair day's run. I get more anxious as we get further south into doldrum territory. Conditions have not exactly been classic trade wind weather, with shifting winds, clouds and passing rain squalls. Supposedly we are still well north of the ITCZ. I can see this passage is going to be a bit longer than anticipated.
The impellor parted company with the log line last night, now no means of measuring distance travelled, so dead reckoning will be somewhat more approximate. (The GPS unit is behind glass with a little sign on it: "Break glass in case of emergency:.")
As we close the equator, still a ways to go, it is getting warmer and more humid. I gave myself a haircut today as my growing unruly locks were getting hot and bothersome. What a sight, as Dad used to say, the difference between a good haircut and a bad one is about two weeks, though in this case it might be a little longer. It is perhaps a good thing this passage might take a while.
Started reading "A Tale of Two Cities", one of Dickens's few novels I haven't read yet. I have started it a couple of times and for some reason have not been able to get into it, but this time am enjoying it so far. Strange how we have to be ready for a book.
All is well.
Hot, damned hot! No fish! No chicken! Just hard tack. I hardly have the energy to get between food bowl and bunk . . . Zzzzzz.