I don’t want to tempt fate, so I am knocking on wood and crossing my fingers as I type (not easy) – but I think I may actually make it to the end of this voyage without running out of anything vital – like toilet paper, Larabars, or functioning iPods.
I’ve been doing regular inventories since before halfway, and monitoring my consumption of various essentials. A tin of butter lasts me about 10 days, a jar of tahini 12 days, and so on. Where need be, I’ve rationed. Wet wipes, which I use for toilet tissue, looked to be a scarce commodity, but the Indian method works just as well, and I have infinite amounts of water while my watermaker continues to function. So now I’m feeling cautiously confident that I will make it to landfall without any serious decline in my standard of onboard living.
We have been exploring and kayaking rivers in Venezuela for nearly 2 months now and have found lots of great runs. It is a relatively unpaddled country so much of the kayaking is unknown and very exciting. We were really pleased to hear that whilst on our trip we could carry out some scientific research at the same time.
At any river that we look at or paddle, we have been collecting diatom samples. These are then sent to a diatom research program at the University of Colorado to be analysed.
The data collection has added an extra element to the expedition and the simplicity of taking samples has not interfered with our main aim. When we are back we will be advertising this website as a great way to include a slightly different aspect to an expediton.
We have writtern a little bit more about our diatom work on our website.
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