Day 27 – RIP Harold the Autopilot, but good news: I've found the Hammer Endurolytes!

7 March 2013

A bit of sad news today...on top of a nice wave, Harold the Autopilot, couldn't take any more in the scorching heat and burnt out. His timing was bad as this put me into a spin and it took me a few seconds to work out what was going on. Anyway, he worked non stop for 2,300 miles without a break and I am ever thankful for his grand efforts, especially in the rough stuff early on in our voyage. Onwards and forwards, I've taken the extension off Harold's neck and put it on my spare, Eddie WO, who has taken well to it and is now steering me, hopefully until the end which is only 400 miles from this place we'll call Harold's Patch. I hope Eddie WO is up to it as I haven't got another spare.......

There is a little wind behind me and the mileage is up a fraction, I am really in the groove and working with the weather to move forward as fast as possible in what has been a few weeks of adverse weather for record breaking! I still have to remember to keep my body alive as so often, once an endurance athlete can see the end and imagines the end, his body goes into shut down and all the wheels fall off. I must keep on giving this my utmost priority as there are a few problems going on physically already.

And now the good news....the Hammer Endurolytes I've been looking for were under where Eddie WO was stored, so I've now got heeps of flavoured sports supplement to add to my water, which is fantastic. Maybe these head aches I am having will go now? The sun is still high and sapping everything I have from me, but I'm in good spirit. The bad news .....I've run out of breakfast meals and have 4 tea bags left. I have enough pudding to make up for no breakfast, but not ideal as I've never been a pudding man! I remember on my last journey, a good curry first thing in the morning went down well, so all is not lost.

Still not a single sign of other human life, which does surprise me as I thought maybe a ship going south west would have crossed my path at some time. Wildlife is quiet aswell, although the little brown bird still turns up every evening and does the anti clockwise fly by before moving on again.

I mustn't think about the finish.........which is not far now and I estimate this will be my last Thursday as sea! just need to keep nursing everything and Soma and I will make it. She is looking tired, but absolutely everything on her is in top working condition, just very salty. As for this old salty, I need to be really careful with my backside as it is not looking pretty and is very tender. I'm going through alot of wet wipes and Arbonne Herbal Nappy Cream. I pray I am a good nurse and won't get too many bad sores! My forearm tendons are like violin strings and do hurt, but I think some tube grip on my wrists might help, yet to find some in the first aid box...Weight wise, I think I'm down about 10 kilos, maybe more as my corset belt gets bigger every day!

I challenge Mr Munro to a weekend in Marrakech with a hire car, as I don't believe it is harder than this.........but I need to check this out to be sure, so I feel there's another challenge forming. Of course Mr Munro will have to do it with me.

Battle on!