Loc: before Carpurgana
Acc: Navy supply ship “Cartagena de Indias”
Not much more happened today – I kept on working online, worked on my kayak and gear, and watched my skin healing well. I am slowly getting used to the maze in this big ship – opening solidly screwed shut metal doors all the time. Unfortunately air condition is not everywhere, and internet only on deck.
I actually also had taken not only a picture of my ugly ankles, but also of the rash of my upper body – but my partner Peter didn’t allow me to post it :-)) – as he was only worried about my blog readers again! One comment was written while I posted some pictures during my Australian circumnavigation: “Now my wife doesn’t allow me to read your blog any more!”
But the rash on the upper body is mostly only a temorary, one day heat rash. The lower legs were more serious with the scratched bites, but all is drying well now. My skin can take a bit!
I was twice amazed when I had a shower with really a lot of soap – after drying and scrubbing myself with a clean white terry towel I got here from the ship, the towel was brown – must be the skin particels from the deep tan on my legs (paddling with open spray deck) and my fore arms…I may need already some exfoliating cloth under the shower!
The sea is still high and it’s very windy out there. But fortunately I am getting used to the ship’s movements a bit and did not get seasick today. Tomorrow’s forecast is marginal – mornings low wind, afternoon strong again, seas only a slight bit down. I decided I’d wear myself out on crossing the Gulf already tomorrow (50 km), and may need another rest day then.
From Sunday on, as long as the week’s forecast goes, the wind is low all day, and the seas are going down by the day. The wind direction is even a bit westerly, so it may even help! – for now. If I check the forcast around Caracas today – strongest wind out of due east…yahoo!