This is the latest report from the ship. As you can see, they're pretty mellow about issuing their reports.
25/Sept/2014 12:00hrs LT - 20:00hrs GMT
21*43 N - 109*23 W
Wind: NW 2 – 3 Bft
Swell : NW 1.5 mtrs
Speed: 13.74 kn
Miles steamed last 23hrs : 316 MILES
Miles to go next port Balboa : 2042 miles
Eta Panama (transit only) 01/Oktober - 18/00HRS
Vessel pre-booked for Canal Transit 02/October
Eta Port Everglades 06/Oktober PM
One point of sanity for me is watching the numbers drop as the ship approaches the Panama Canal. By this time, if ship did only 300 miles per day, she would be 1,442 miles from the Canal. I can wrap my head around that number for sure.
So what do I do with myself these days? Pace. Pace and plan. Pace, plan and panic.
I content myself with looking at the various parts of the build process until I think I can build a 55 myself - well, at least as part of the build crew. I ask myself questions, some of which I answer, some of which I don't want to answer.
I am attending the Rendezvous in Solomons next month. I'm hoping that while I'm there, we will be getting pictures of the offload. I decided to go to the Rendezvous instead of standing on a dock for hours burning vacation days when I could actually be learning something. I do have tickets booked for the week after the Rendezvous to finally lay eyes on the image I've had glued to the back of my eyes since what seems like forever.
I must confess that there is degree of apprehension about this meeting. While I'm out of my mind excited to finally see the real Olympia, the specter of seeing her without Tom by my side will be something to reckon with. I will have my beloved Laura by my side however - one needs to share this kind of surreal moment with a very special person.
So friends, just a few more posts until the real deal is here. I have a feeling we are not going to be disappointed by Olympia in all her glory. The "home of the gods" is coming home to me at long last.