Day 12 – Epic Day
Colin rowed an impressive 89 km today, and thank you to those who reminded me that I forgot to mention his mileage yesterday.It was 65 km.
As I watched Colin’s impressive progress today, I thought he must be feeling better.But his phone call set things straight.
“It was the most painful day ever.I can’t believe how much I hurt,” Colin said.“I’ve been trying to row without bending my legs, but that doesn’t work.”
The tendonitis in his legs has now surpassed his arm, and if this keeps up he won’t be able to row anymore. And if he can’t row, well he can still kayak. So I spoke with Robin from Atlantis Kayaks, and he’s lending us a kayak that Colin can use if he needs it. Thank you Robin! Tomorrow morning I’ll pick the kayak up from their shop in Ladysmith and then when I meet Colin in Victoria he’ll have that option.
Today’s row was hard not just because of Colin’s injuries but also because of the strong headwinds and currents he faced this morning.He left at 6:30 am from his campsite near Bamfield and battled headwinds until the early afternoon.Then the current switched and the winds died, and he kept going until 7:15 pm, making it all the way to Sombrio Beach.He’s now camped amidst surfers and others celebrating Canada Day in style.
As for the scenery today, it was pretty eventful. He rowed next to the West Coast Trail today and spotted lots of hikers in the distance. He saw “whales everywhere” and puffins too. Colin’s taken some amazing photos and a collection from the first half of the row are on our facebook page.
Tomorrow Leif and I are heading to Victoria to see Colin! Happy Canada Day.