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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murdon-page 18

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From: Elisabeth Hoff <>
Subject: impressed..
Date sent: Wed, 2 Sep 1998 13:04:25 +0100
Dear Tori
I've been following your progress eagerly since you departed. I'm so
impressed with your courage and I hope that you are manging to keep the
spirits high... 80 days is a long time - and I guess you still have another
20 or so to go. I just wish you the very, very best. One stoke at a time..
I'm at the moment training for the Atlantic Rowing Race 2000 - from Grand
Canaria to St Lucia - almost the same as the route you were orignally going
to do.
So perhaps I'll be the second woman to cross...we'll see. But for now my
thoughts are on you. I look forward to hearing about you experiences.
All the best
Elisabeth Hoff

Date sent: Wed, 2 Sep 1998 01:51:49 EDT
Subject: ????
Is there a way to connect////or leave message for Tori,,,,ocean chick for
the US and women???????????? just wondering,,,,,,thank you,,,,,very
Unfortunately Tori's communication went down "several months" ago... However we are attempting to get these messages to Tori at sea; regardless she will get them upon arrival and I'm sure be moved at all the hopes and prayers directed her way... (Tlynch ORS)

Date sent: Tue, 01 Sep 1998 12:28:02 -0500
From: "George Sweger"<>
Subject: Keep It Goin'
I've been all over the world, visited 82 countries, and seen or done
many exciting things. It takes a lot to impress me. You, Tori,
impress me. You have my utmost encouragement.
May all of your remaining rowed miles be positive ones. Keep your
focus on the final goal, for once you finish, your life will never be
the same again, in a very positive way.
God Speed,
George Sweger, Annapolis, Maryland

From: (Roger Gould)
Date sent: Tue, 1 Sep 98 14:28:51
Hi there Tori! You probably don't remember me. I am Roger Gould. One
half of Sam Deacon or boat # 12's crew in the Trans Atlantic Race of 1997.
(I'm the tall guy who told you that the GPS may quit for a couple of hours
just after you left harbour).
Charlie and I were one of the fortunate ones who made it to the other side.
It took us 63 days. The weather was kind to us in the extreme! Well, not
all of the time perhaps but for the most part it was good.
We ALL know what you're going through out there. As you can imagine, most
of the rowers from THAT event are still in touch with one another. It's
like being part of a family. You are very much a part of THAT family. We
are all following you.
Enjoy every minute of it out there for it will too soon be over and just a
memory. Even the rough times get better as time passes. I must say we have
been wtaching over you and are hoping that the weather helps you along. We
can all see that the elements are conspiring against you from time to time.
Blisters gone now? Sore bum a thing of the past? Even those times will be
remebered with affection soon . . . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't let
anything get the better of you. Finish it in style. You deserve it. I am
hoping to get to France to see you in when you get there.
KEEP GOING and we'll see you in France.
Kindest Regards from Roger Gould. (Atlantic Rower).

Date sent: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 07:32:01 -0400
Subject: Pulling for you
Hi Tori!
I hope this note finds you well and with your continued determined spirit.
Your efforts are truly amazing, and I hope you know just how many of us are
thinking about you daily and wishing you the very best!
As a fellow Louisvillian, I'm following your progress through The
Courier-Journal and the internet. I was thrilled to see that you've made it
past the half-way mark! Keep up the good work!!
Take care and know that our prayers are with you!!!

Date sent:     Mon, 31 Aug 1998 10:43:04 -0400
From:     Mike Dameron <>
Subject: Best Wishes
Watching and hoping that the ocean and weather will cooperate to allow
you to complete your trip. I am relieved that the Hurricane Bonnie is
moving off from your course. I hope it doesn't present any problem over the
next few days. Continued good fortune.
Michael S. Dameron, Durham, NC, U.S.A.

From: "Eva Nell & Stanley Frey" <>
Subject: good going girl
Date sent: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 19:19:31 -0500
We are proud of you for your courage and determination.I am following your
progress on a daily basis.It must be discouraging to see minus signs on your
progress report.I keep thinking they will put your destination on the
progress chart.Oh well,as long as you know where you're at,that's what
counts.Keep on keeping on and may the Lord bless you in your endeavor.
Stan&Nellie from Texas

Date sent: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 12:52:10 +0000
From: donna <>
Subject: great work!
I wish you great luck on your journey. Four years ago, when I was 54, I
cycled the 3,000 miles across the U.S.with a friend. I know you can do it,
and when you are finished, you will long for more (after a break!!)
donna cassyd

Date sent: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 20:08:51 -0400
From: Carla Heck <>
Subject: Go Girl!
Dear Tori,
As a 38 year old adventure traveller wanna-be, you are truly an
inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with you from back home in
Louisville. My idea of roughing it so far has been an Outward Bound
trip, but I'm getting there. Without women like you to lead the way, I'd
still be planning my travels based on room service!
Keep the Faith,
Carla Heck

Date sent: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 22:07:29 EDT
Subject: Hi Tori
Just was thinking about how it was going. You will soon meet your
objective. We were praying for your safety, especially with any fallout from
the hurricanes. Blessings, good friend.
Tom & Judy Gerdis in Louisville

From: "The Saville's in Vermont" <>
Subject: greetings
Date sent: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 13:29:21 -0400
Hi Tori,
Hope all is well with you out there. Think everything through
Yours, Curt Saville (Transatlantic Rowing Exopedition, 1981,
Transpacific Rowing Expedition, 1984-85)

Date sent: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 19:28:55 EDT
Subject: A big Hello from LDA
Hey Tori. It's Tammie from LDA. We check on you each day and hope and pray
that the big old nasty storms and such don't affect you a whole lot. We
can't wait until you get back and teel of your GREAT adventure on the deep
blue see. Best to you each do. Tammie Cox

Date sent: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 13:08:42 -0400
Subject: Admiration & best wishes
Dear Tori:
Your old friends of Uniontown days are keeping close track of your
fantastic adventure via your parents & your home page. We look forward to
your safe arrival in Brest, France.
Bonne chance,
Pat & Homer Pankey

From: "Sarah Levenson" <>
Date sent: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 13:43:56 PDT
I have spent the few months tracking your progress on the internet. For the
logest time, I couldn't believe anyone would attempt such a thing. But as I
read your few-and-far between messages, I realised the strength of your
spirituality and the power of your dreams. I only wish that I could be the
kind of woman who takes a step into the unknown. You inspire me to be a
stronger person. My thoughts are with you on your journey. I look forward to
your return. --Sarah from Boston PS. Please tell the whales I said hello.

Date sent: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 04:10:44 -0400
From: wabbit1 <>
Subject: You got what it takes
Dear Tori,
My fiancee and I check on you daily and we send our prayers and
glad tidings to you. We both feel that you are in the Lords hands and
you will succeed in your Lonely journey and adventure. Best wishes and
if you feel a little squeeze when you arrive in France it will be a big hug
from both of us brought to you by the breeze of American rowing.....

Date sent: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 00:35:44 -0500
From: Tina Vlahakis <>
Subject: Tori is Okay
Thank you for letting us know of Tori's message. We are all concerned
for her safety and we worry when we notice she loses miles. You are
doing a great job. Thanks again.
Hope all is well with you.

From: (Wesley Trump)
Subject: Carolina watching closely!!!
Date sent: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 21:35:05 -0000
The student's are about to go crazy wondering about Tori, especially since
we just spent two days out of school compliments of hurricane Bonnie. We are
hoping and praying that Tori is not affected by these storms but can't
imagine her not feeling some effect. You go girl!!!!

Date sent: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 20:59:56 EDT
Subject: Go For It!!
Hi Tori,
Best wishes from Boston, home of your alma mater, we are all
praying for you. You are a true American hero!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date sent: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 08:24:51 -0400
From: Adam M Forseth <>
Subject: American Pearl
My new mantra in life, "I would wish myself to be in no other place on
earth than the one in
which I find myself. If there is any truer statement of happiness I
cannot bring it to mind."
From my landlocked existence on the banks of the Ohio River in
Louisville, Kentucky I strive everyday in my life to fufill this
inspirational statement from one of Louisville's own made on the
beginning of her greatest adventure yet. I am watching Tori's daily
progress and am cheering her on in spirit. Looking forward to the day
in the very near future when news reports will be filled with one of the
greatest accomplishments a woman has ever made !!! You row girl !!! Pamela

Date sent: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:16:43 EDT
Subject: Tori, your family is praying for you!
Tori, hardly a day passes that you are not in our thoughts. Your family is
behind you in love, concern, and prayers. Remember your "Heavenly Father"
is always with you even when you believe you are quite alone. . .The NEBLETT
FAMILY REUNION was a great success this summer. Your return home calls for
another big celebration!! May God bless you, your cousins, Nelle Grimes,
Louisville, KY.; Emory Grimes, Indiana; Janell Grimes Lewis, East Tennessee.

Date sent: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 09:42:46 -0400
From: Jim Watson <>
Subject: Tori/Bonnie
Cripes Tori -
Here comes Bonnie - Row like Hell.
Otherwise - batten down the hatches and hoist a sheet,
maybe it will blow you right into the harbor at Brest.
Jim Watson

From: "jnelson" <>
Subject: Tori's progress
Date sent: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 18:02:12 -0000
In reading Tom Lynch's comments on 8/23 about receiving some communication
from Tori I would ask that something simple be relayed here to let all of us
know Tori is ok. How comforting it would be to at least know someone is
hearing from her, as we pass these tense moments until she is safe. I can
feel the good wishes from this site, and I believe all of this collective
energy is transferred to Tori. A million hearts are thinking of you, Tori.
Dear jnelson: I receive occasional coded messages from Tori on her Argos "adventure unit" . Usually once a week. These are simply numbers 0-15 each with a pre-agreed message. Today I received a message (#15-progress delayed due to headwinds, everything is O.K.) We share with everyone the frustration at no communication with Tori; and can only imagine how difficult it must  be for her to not receive our encouraging hopes and prayers. I believe she knows we're there with her in spirit. And in turn I will post occasional "messages" from Tori from her adventure unit. (Tom Lynch-ORS)

From: "Nursing Sisters Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor" <>
Subject: Tori
Date sent: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 12:03:39 -0400
Our prayers are with you Tori!

Date sent: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 14:33:41 +0000

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 14:20:45 EDT
Dear Tori
I look forward to reading your book of your incredible journey. You are one
guttsy lady! Good luck and God's speed! B.J. Foster

Date sent: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 06:35:24 -0400
From: The Godwins <>
Dear Ms. Murden:
I've been following your progress each day. What you are doing is truly
I've noticed that on some days you have had a net loss in reaching
Brest. I've also noticed that despite the net loss you have continued
strivingfor your goal. What a wonderful lesson for each of us!
Best of luck. You are a remarkable person.
James M. Godwin, Jr.

Date sent: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 21:20:01 -0500
From: mac <>
Subject: tori's row
you are half way there! go with the flow and land in france. keep
going tori

Date sent: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 16:01:47 -0400
From: Miriam Schusler Williams <>
Hi Tori. I check the web cite every day. I'm cheering for you. Can't wait
to read all that you write about your experience (you do it so well). I'm so
glad to know you. Be safe. Miriam

From: (Rupert Baurmann)
Date sent: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 10:18:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Toris Safety
Am I overly concerned??
I thought that Tori was still able to receive messages but in the last
press release I see she has been out of contact with the world.
I wrote an E mail to the San Francisco Group asking if an air drop of
printed well wishes and news events would be possible
What concerns me today is the few miles covered in yesterdays report
and a minus miles today. Could she be in need of help
and do you have a way of knowing?
Bob Baurmann

Date sent: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 09:42:46 -0400
From: Jim Watson <>
Subject: Tori/Bonnie
Cripes Tori -
Here comes Bonnie - Row like Hell.
Otherwise - batten down the hatches and hoist a sheet,
maybe it will blow you right into the harbor at Brest.
Jim Watson

From: Hardman_L <Hardman_L@BLS.GOV>
Subject: Message for Tori
Date sent: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 08:20:58 -0400
Tori -
You go girl! What an amazing, crazy adventure you must be having. I
admire your determination and diligence! One short quote:
In every woman there is a Queen. Speak to the Queen and the Queen will
Norwegian Proverb
Keep rowing!
Laine Hardman
Alexandria, VA

From: <>
Date sent: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 21:16:36 EDT
Subject: Hang in there!
There are more people than you know praying for you and thinking of you.
How are you doing? Hang in there and know that I am praying for you and
hope to hear of your journey when you return and maybe meet you. Sr.
Judith Rice, Good old Louisville, KY

Subject: support
Author: <>
Date: 8/19/98 9:53 PM
Tori You indeed are a foolish woman, but as we know new frontiers are
opened by the aspirations of foolish people. Don't miss a beat and
we'll see you in France in a few days via the NET. I too have retired
the day with a final glance at how well you are doing. And so for today
good night brave woman and may the God of the morning smile upon you at

Subject: Communications with Tori Murden
Author: <>
Date: 23-Aug-98 9:07 AM
Does Tori have VHF or HF radio capability? I am a pilot who has been
following Tori's progress and would like to say Hi and perhaps pass along
some encouragement if we could contact her as we fly across the Atlantic.
In any case, best of luck!
Wilson Miles

Subject: Tori Murden
Author: < (Rupert Baurmann)>
Date: 8/23/98 9:09 PM
I just read "Press stories" on Tori's web page - I thought she was
still able to receive messages??
Can't we get a plane to fly by and drop off messages of
Don't leave her alone - there must be some way of letting her know she
is not alone.
Bob Baurmann

Unfortunately barring chartering a boat to go out 1000 miles from Ireland we have no way of forwarding on the hopes and prayers from all of us. Tori is ALONE at sea in a small boat without long range communication (her satellite phone went down the first week out). Tori is not only attempting to be the first woman and first American to row an ocean solo; but she is attempting the LONGEST West to East solo route. We think she's gonna make it; Tori is one tough spirit. We believe she can feel that millions know of her quest and we know for a fact she misses the green hills of her beloved Kentucky. We do get a coded message from her via the Argos satellite beacon every week telling us she is O.K. And she also has an EPIRB unit on board, if Tori presses one button the "law of the sea" kicks in where the closest ships to Tori must respond. We wish her well and long for her safe arrival...
(Tom Lynch-American Coordinator-Ocean Rowing Society)

From: "Syverson, Janet" <>
Subject: Hang in there!
Date sent: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 10:41:06 -0500
Every day when I look at the website showing your progress, I am so proud of
you for continuing your quest. Forgive me for tapping into you, but I am
using your journey as an inspiration for my own quest in life. Hang in
there! Janet S., Chicago, Illinois

From: "Mullin, Kevin" <>
Subject: Tori's Row Across the Atlantic
Date sent: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 08:38:43 -0400
I am in Louisville, Ky. & have become a big fan of Tori's. I learned
about the trip from my daughter, Amy, who is a member of the same
rowing club as Tori. Since then I have followed her trip every day on the
Internet. I am really looking forward to the last few days of her trip &
the finish !!!

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 23:41:45 -0500
Hi Tori,
What a great job rowing in the forties and fifties in the week prior to Aug.
23! Keep up the good work and I hope the weather is good so that you can
continue to row in the high numbers. You must be excited about getting
there to row so great. You know you aren't alone and we're pulling for you
all the time. May God give you the strenght and confidence to complete your
endeavor. Praying for you and you are thought of constantly. Hope
everything goes well for you. =20 =20 God Bless You, =20 Elaine Rostron
Cypress, TX =20

From: "Brent Wilson" <>
Subject: Greetings from Brent & Lisa
Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 23:56:33 -0400
Even though we know you can't read this right now, we just wanted to
send out a few words of encouragement. Hardly a day goes by without one of
us saying to the other "I wonder how Tori is today?". Our thoughts are with
you and we know that if anyone has the physical and mental stamina to
accomplish this great feat, it is you! Keep after it and we can't wait to
greet you in Louisville after you complete your task! --Brent & Lisa
P.S. After this row, we bet you'll never complain of rough water on the
Ohio again! :-)

From: <>
Date sent: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 00:46:51 EDT
Subject: Watching and waiting
Watching and waiting, It's as exciting as waiting for a comet to finally
show itself in the sky. Tori will appear on the horizon rowing toward her
destination, I can hardly wait.

Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 20:32:58 -0400
From: Samuel Levine <>
Subject: God Bless You, Tori
I emailed you early on during your historic voyage and am taking this
opportunity to send you greetings again. I am happy to learn that you
are now more than half way on your daring voyage. From the very
beginning, my wife and I have prayed that the Good Lord would bless you and
permit you to complete your voyage successfully. Again, we say Good Rowing!
and God Bless You and may He keep you in god spirits and give you favorable
winds. Sam and Beside Levine

Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 15:45:18 -0400
From: Rebecca Tri <>
Subject: Tori's Adventure
I am a stay at home mom with a 4.5 year old and expecting my second
child in September. I had the privilege of hearing you speak in Oldham
County at a Business Women's meeting 5 or 6 years ago. Your words and
stories have never left me, especially the story about South Pole expedition
and the frost on your goggles causing you to read the compass incorrectly!
My 4 year old is especially interested in your journey, what you have in
your boat etc. Best wishes to you Tori, God Bless you, and may you be
comforted in the knowledge of all the prayers and well wishes to you. We
are so proud of you.

From: "Jim Nofziger" <>
Subject: Inspiration Seas
Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 13:24:15 -0400
May all your courage be rewarded with a safe landing at Brest. Your
ocean must be over whelmingly beautiful. Jim

From: (Wesley Trump)
Subject: My class is fasinated!!!!!
Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 16:17:10 -0000
Using Tori's row as the foundation of our year long literature theme on
"survival" has been a great hit for my classroom. ( A feat not often
accomplished in middle school.) We were all saddened to hear that her
communications system was down. Can she still receive detailed messages from
you? The newspaper said she could still send out "pre-recorded messages",
and that there were 16 of them. My students were wondering if they could get
a copy of them? They have so many questions for her and want to send her
encouragement. Is this something that can be fixed? Keep up the good
work...what an adventure!
Wesley Trump
Forest Hills Middle School
Wilson, North Carolina

Date sent: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 00:32:22 -0400
From: Mary Adams <madams@WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU>
Subject: amazing things
Hey, Tori. I knew you at Smith, and I keep hearing about you over the
years. I loved the story on the radio.I just wanted you to know I'm
thinking about you. Good luck.
Mary Adams

Subject: Good Luck!
Date sent: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 20:03:21 -0400
Way to go Tori! My six year old, Kevin, and I have been following =
progress. He is always excited to check the maps and see how far Tori
went today. School has just started here and I am sure that all the
kids will be keeping up with your progress. You may be crazy for some
contact with civilization, but to be truthful, you timed this well.
Maybe by the time you get to France the world will be back to normal haven't missed much!
Cheering you on from Oldham County.......Linda and Kevin

From: (junie)
Date sent: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 15:45:55 -0400 (EDT)
What a challenge! What a woman! May she have the best of weather and
much good luck !!

From: <>
Date sent: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 17:24:24 EDT
Subject: congratulations
Dear Tori,
My name is Andy Means and I am the father of two young girls ages 8
and 6. I hope you know what a role model you are for all young girls this age.
My daughters ask several times a week about your daily progress and we check
your website to see what kind of day you have had. They are cheering for you
and understand what a challenging adventure you have undertaken. To see a
woman take on a challenge of this magnitude has got to give them confidence
that they too can accomplish great things. We are from Louisville and are
quite proud of you. May God watch over you in your journey.
ps. I must admit that I am as blown away by your endurence as my
daughters are. Good Luck!

Date sent: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 22:24:22 -0400
From: "Charles W. Christmas" <>
Have been keeping up with Tori's (here in Louisville) progress and
wishing her well,

Date sent: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 16:51:25 -0700
From: john rahaeuser <>
you go girl!! Girls kick but

Date sent: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 18:20:53 -0500
From: Tina Vlahakis <>
Subject: Red white and blue boat
My grandmother showed your web site and has been telling me about your
rowing trip. I wish you much luck and will keep looking in on your
progress. I like your boat which is red, white and blue--the American
flag colors. I became an American citizen in April and am especially
fond of the flag. I am from China and am three years old. Row row your

Date sent: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 15:34:18 -0700
From: Richard Partridge <>
Subject: BRAVO ZULU, Tori
You look like a sturdy pioneer woman, and apparently you are, with the
spirit and determination to go with it.
Vaya Con Dios, and as we say in the Navy: "Fair winds and following
Richard L. Partridge
LCDR, USNR (retired)

Date sent: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 14:48:10 -0400
From: Tim Fout <>
Subject: Hi Tori
I'm on my friend's computer just saying hi and keep up the good work.
see you soon.
Tim Fout
A Reader's Corner
115 Wiltshire Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207

Date sent: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 12:38:28 -0400
From: Juan Carlos Velasco Soria Galvarro <>
Dear Tori:
I am writing from La Paz, Bolivia. I follow your progress at least three
times a week.
I wish you all the luck.
I hope your next goal would be to row across the Titikaka Lake in Bolivia
and Peru. The highest navigable lake in the world! More than 11.000ft. above
the sea level.
Best wishes.
PHONE:    375611

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