Wednesday, 9 January 2008
126.13 KM to go. Kayaking the Tasman Sea
What can you really say, except sit in awe as you look at the map on crossing the ditch website ? As I write Justin Jones and James Castrission probably have around 100 km to go to reach New Plymouth and on arrival,will be the first people to complete an Australia to New Zealand kayak journey across the unforgiving Tasman Sea.
I have found the website brilliant and it has brought the dangers, fears, tears, frustration, pain,joys and beauty into my appartment in Jakarta. I have felt I have been doing it with them as the live updates, maps and news put you right in the kayak with the boys. Check the website out: http://www.crossingtheditch.com.au
I have ordered my brother who lives in New Plymouth to get out there and greet them when they arrive over the weekend. He is on strict instruction to take some good photos and to send them to me.
As I mentioned in an earlier posting I had a crack with Paul Caffyn to do this trip in 1989 as well as doing a lot of solo kayaking over the years, and can really identify with these two brave and modest guys.
Justin and James, I will pray for a safe arrival and you are a real inspiration to an aging kayaker.