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"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S.Eliot

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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murden-page 16

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Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 19:03:04 -0700
From: Morton Beebe <>
Subject: Tori Murden
Tori, if you drag a sledge to the South Pole you can certainly row to
France. Congratulations, come join us for an event at the Explorers Club San
Francisco October 16-17 and share your exploits.Danielle and Mort just did
the Alaska Marathon in June.Albert and Martha must be proud of you. Best
wishes, Morton Beebe and Danielle Chavanon.

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 20:37:27 -0400
From: "M. Auerbach" <>
Subject: YES! YES!
Hi Tori,
All of your friends at Rainbow Blossom are following your progress and
are encouraged by your wonderful effort to push the envelope. Wow, what a
trip. We hope that all of the nutritional vitamin supplements that we sent
along with you are making your journey easier. Remember to take arnica when
you get sore and tired! Our thoughts are with you, we are praying for a
safe journey.
Rob Auerbach & the Gang at Rainbow

From: "Maroney ." <>
Subject: supportfrom Down under
Date sent: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 10:05:55 +1000
Dear Tori,
Hi, I just wanted to wish you the very best and tell you that I admire you
very much. Last June I swam from Mexico to Cuba a distance of 207ks and
last year swam from Cuba to Key West so I have some idea of what you are
going through. When I reached Key West last year a friend of mine sent me
this poem which may help you. "Success if never final, Defeat is never fatal
Only courage survives" Keep going, you,ll make it. Love Susie Maroney from
Sydney Australia

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 19:43:05 -0400
From: al <>
Subject: Empowerment Zone
Driving up and down River Road and passing the Harrod's Creek boat house
location, I've thought of you and your exciting quest many times since the
first announcement.
After reading today's Courier-Journal article and finding your e-mail
address, it seemed appropriate to send you a note as you start the harder
half of your challenge.
If the weather gets rougher or the current ceases to favor your course,
remember that there are many people who are pulling with you in spirit as
you build another Empowerment Zone and make history.
Start practicing your French!!!
Al Bissmeyer
An Empowerment Zone participant

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 19:19:07 -0400
From: "Brian E. Smith" <>
Subject: Halfway home! Go Girl!!!
Keep it up! Stroke, Stroke, Stroke! Back home in Louisville the TV news
charts your progress about once a week....Just think, you're about to become
a "first"....not a lot of "firsts" left anymore. Maybe when you succeed, you
might try around-the-world ballooning! Good Luck And Godspeed back home!
From Louisville, Brian E. Smith

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 22:45:43 EDT
From fans who know how to pronounce Looavul!!!
I email quotes to friends each week. This week they were treated to two
quotes and they are perfect for my email to you. To realize a dream, you
must have a dream to realize. and You get whatever you expect to get. The
only question is, "What do you want?" Both quotes are from Mark Victor
Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup Books. A friend of the family, Fred B.
has asked me to check on your progress for some time now. I finally got the
correct address from the Courier Journal. How odd that I found you and these
particular quotes this same day. The Russo family and our Fred wish you
God's Speed. We will check your progress on a regular basis, and will hope
only good things for you.

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 22:44:27 EDT
Dear Ms. Murden,
Kentucky is cheering you on and wishing you blue skies, calm seas and lots
of luck. You're a great inspiration to woman and a shining star for the
Bluegrass. Keep up the good work, you are in my prayers for a safe,
successful trip.
Jennifer Toll
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 18:57:26 EDT
Subject: Tori Murden crossing the half way point
Hey Tori,
I hear you are half way there. Keep it up.
David Miller

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 14:41:34 -0400
From: Laura Hansen <>
Subject: Tori on the Ocean
You are doing what some of us only dream of. Thank you for being out there
on the ocean looking at beautiful skies and boundless ocean wonder. Thank
you. I know you must feel the hand of God on you, what an awesome and
inspiring experience that must be! It can't possibly get any better!
Congratulations on getting to the halfway point - you're terrific!
From: "Bill and Elaine Deutsch" <>
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 13:03:27 -0400
Tori -- We are following your trip with great interest and no little
concern. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Elaine, Bill, Jen, and Dan

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 12:59:06 -0400
From: Lloyd Curry <>
Subject: rowing the big pond
I have been watching you on the news and hope all is going well. You
are a great role model for us, especially our youth. It is also great
for our state and for Louisville (I was born in L-ville). Keep safe and
stay healthy. Lloyd Curry, RN Greensburg, Ky.

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 12:58:27 -0400
From: Doug & Barb Schuble <>
Subject: Tori, You Go Girl !!!
WHAS TV at noon today had a segment about your reaching the half way
Interviewed your friend and her baby. (Sorry, don't remember their
names. Didin't know they had an email address for you.) Your friend says her
baby is looking forward to seeing you !
We're all cheering for you !
Doug & Barb Schuble

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 16:52:42 EDT
Subject: Great Work!
Terry, just read about your adventure in the San Francisco Chronicle. I
think its great what you are doing and really admire your courage. I hope
you succed beyond your expectations. Keep your great outlook and remember
there is shore at the end of the ocean.
Victoria Harris
Menlo Park, CA

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 98 16:41:24 Eastern Daylight Time
From: "Charles D. \"charley\" Edmonson" <>
Subject: keep rowing
Stay dry.
From: (Alan and Michele Grundmann)
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 08:46:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Felicitatons
We are so proud of you and hope that the rest of the trip will be just
as great as it has been until now. You are the greatest!

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 11:27:57 -0400
From: Jim Hubert <>
Subject: Hello from Louisville
We're all cheering for you in Louisville. I work at the Presbyterian
Seminary, and I'm proud as a community member to see you taking on such an
immense challenge. After the first attempt in the race didn't work, I'm so
glad to see your courage and determination to go forward with this. I'd be
proud to have our daughter (and son!) see you as an inspiriation for their
lives. God be with you! Jim Hubert
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 11:23:15 -0400
From: Lew Seiler <>
Subject: trip Tori Murdem
Tori- best of luck in your efforts to reach Brest, I'm sure you'll make it.
What an adventure. I just finished a bike trip across France and if I can
accomplish that-at my age- I'm sure you can make it! Wishing you safety,
health and good luck. Lew Seiler

Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 09:22:21 -0600
From: Linda Hartman <>
Subject: Best Wishes
Hi, my best wishes to a great spirit. You are an inspiration to women
and girls, as well as to men across the world. It must be unimaginably
beautiful on the ocean under the stars at night.
Congratulations, and good luck.
Linda Hartman
Casper, Wyoming

From: "Frank Ward" <>
Subject: Good Luck
Date sent: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:26:22 -0400
Dear Tori,
We are so proud of you for reaching the half-way mark on your journey.
Keep rowing!
Peace & Love,
Frank & Cathy Ward, Louisville KY

From: "starfire" <>
Subject: with you in spirit
Date sent: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 04:55:01 -0400
Hi Tori,
My name is Julia. Iv'e been following your progress in the
news. Congratulations on passing the halfway point. Although Iv'e never met
you, I am very proud of you because you are determined to accomplish
something that many people may have told you is impossible. For this reason
alone I feel we are kindred spirits. I'm starting my life over at 42 years
of age. It's scary and sometimes exciting. Like you I am determined to see
it through. Encouragement is a wonderful and positive thing, and sometimes
it comes from people and places where you least expect it. With this in
mind, let me just say.....YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN YOU CAN YOU
( Fight blues by saying rubber baby buggy bumpers five
times fast)

Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 23:45:52 -0400
From: "C.AILIFF" <>
Subject: You go girl!!!!!!
Dear Ms.Murden,
I pray that you will arrive safely in France and complete your journey
successfully. You are an inspiration to everyone, especially women. If my
daughters (ages3 & 15)ever need an example of determination and spirit, I
will use you as that example. As a fellow Louisvillian I must ask: Is it as
humid on the ocean as it is here in August? May God bless and keep you safe.
Kathy Ailiff (

From: "THE DEWEE'S" <>
Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 21:42:13 -0400
GO GIRL ! Its your favorite space watchers from kennedy space center
fla. Were still watching every move you make ! Half way, half way ,half way,
go,go,go, your friends in fla.

Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 19:06:09 -0500
Subject: Good Luck
Good Luck, you will make it all the way across.
From 30 year sailor who has sailed all seven seas.
Best regards,
Mike Ange
Virginia Beach, Virginia

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 22:24:27 EDT
Go Tori, there are a bunch of friends in Kitty Hawk that watch you progress.
Best wishes,

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 20:30:31 EDT
Subject: Your Trip
Tori, Halfway there-it's all downhill! Saw a story about you in the Chicago
Triubune and have been following you since the beginning. Best of Luck.
Steve Ignots, Elk Grove Village, IL

Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 13:23:19 -0400
From: Sharon Gagel <>
Subject: Congratulations!
Go Tori! Hope you can continue to make as good progress on the second
half of your trip. I check on your progress almost every day. Hope it
helps to know that so many of us are "pulling" for you. (Pun not really
intended). Best Wishes from Charlotte, NC
From: "alsmith" <>
Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 10:19:06 -0400

Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 14:15:41 +0000 (EASTERN)
From: Don Marsh 8125 <>
Would have communicated much sooner had I been able to figure it out.
Hopefully this gets through. Joan and the boys and about half the people
here at work ask of you every day. We have a map on our wall and dutifully
post the progress.
From my office I have a great view of the river. Each time I look at it I
think of you and I know of the mix of beauty and danger that you experience
each minute. I miss the mornings and the weekend rows. Hopefully they were
of some help to you as you make your way across. In my experience when we
test our limits we undertake a battle against chaos. First from outside and
finally from within. Knowing that the process unfolds in this way may be of
some use in the event you experience an increasing level of difficulty as
your voyage nears its completion. Safe journey.

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 11:15:59 EDT
Subject: Lady of the Atlantic
From Atascocita Texas Dorothy and Dick send a Double Bravo for a successful
halfway journey. May the next half be an easy

From: "Joseph Taylor" <>
Subject: Tori
Keep it up Tori! I visited your website and I am impressed with the
number of people thinking about you out there in the "Big, Beautiful
Atlantic". I was first interested in your quest when you departed from
Oregon Inlet, a place I have been many times as I am from Charlotte, = NC.
You are a brave soul, especially when you have capsized twice. Fortunately,
el nino has kept our hurricanes quiet this year. Keep us all posted. You
have many fans and are interested in your progress. Best of luck to you!

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