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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 2

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Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 23:06:29 -0400
From: frank m gibson <gibson@InfoAve.Net>
Subject: encouragement

Just to let you know that we're watching your progress from Kannapolis,
NC. We're praying that God will assure you that you are never alone no
matter what your longitude and latitude. Get to know Him better during
these days. We're all very proud of you.

From: "Michael Ireland" <>
Subject: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 21:16:41 -0500
Tori, Tori, Tori
Go, Go Go !!!
God Bless and God's Speed -- Keep Safe.
Michael Ireland (

From: <>
Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 23:17:36 EDT
Subject: good luck

Hi. This is Kenny Steier, I am Bob Hurley's nephew. I was just told of your
trip. I am now living in New Jersey right now. Are you going to be going near
New Jersey,or just heading strait out to sea? Good luck on your trip. I'll say
a prayer that you make it safely. Email me back when you go by the Atlantic
City area. Truly Yours,

Kenny Steier

From: <>
Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 21:42:33 EDT
Subject: Greetings from the VA Murdens
Your Virginia relatives are following your trip. Best wishes and God speed.
We admire your strength and wish you a safe and successful voyage.
Henry, Catherine, Cliff, Joan, and Laura Murden(from Suffolk, VA, and
Onancock, VA)

Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 12:28:53 -0700
From: Ann Scott <>
Organization: Unitarian Universalist Association
You row girl ! I saw a very small piece about you in the Boston Globe
and dialed up this website and have followed you. All my good wishes go
to you for a safe and exciting trip. I am a kayaker who comes from a
rowboat background, my father and grandfather built the best little
rowboats so long ago. I wish you fair winds and following seas...all
the best!
Ann Scott
Boston, MA

Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 20:25:58 +0100
From: "Fred T. or Marie A. Ratliff" <>
Organization: FlashNet
Subject: Victoria
Victory will be yours!! We like Victoria; she's your best crew member.
Does she like Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea"? I hope you have good
music on board. You are an inspiration!
                    Fred Ratliff, Austin, Texas

From: "Nancy S. Edwards" <>
Subject: Hello Tori
Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 15:07:49 -0400

I live in Virginia Beach, and read about your rowing start at Nag's Head,
NC. I will be anxiously following accounts of your progress. I'm anew net
user, and it was not easy finding this information. I'm delighted to have
lucked into the site. Hope I can find it again so I can keep up with you
on this trip. Are you a praying person? You must have tremendous
confidence. Go girl, go!
Nancy Edwards

From: "Webmaster" <>
Subject: more fans!!!
Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 14:07:32 -0400
Outstanding!!!!! Go Go Go! Row Row Row!!!
Dewey Jones and Brian Smith here. We're a couple of architects at HBA
Architects in Virginia Beach, VA. You have become the office talk. We
will watch you every day. Keep diggin till you hit land. God Bless.

Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 12:28:53 -0700
From: Ann Scott <>
Organization: Unitarian Universalist Association
Subject: For Tori.....

You row girl ! I saw a very small piece about you in the Boston Globe
and dialed up this website and have followed you. All my good wishes go
to you for a safe and exciting trip. I am a kayaker who comes from a
rowboat background, my father and grandfather built the best little
rowboats so long ago. I wish you fair winds and following seas...all
the best!

Ann Scott
Boston, MA

Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 10:53:30 EDT
Subject: Re: Tori's Status? How R U doing?

Hi Tori! We're pulling for you back here (literally and figuratively). I'm
amazed you've covered 127 miles already! Hang in there!

(MS.) Bronwyn Belling, Annapolis, MD
(also a neighborhood advocate for last 25 years)

P.S. I'm attaching some guiding principles for you to read when you're
back on land. Because your EMs need to be short they tell me, here's
the item numbers from "The Top 10 Principles for Attracting the Things
You Want in Life" -- I think this jibes (excuse the pun) with your own
philosophy -- my guess is you're already practicing all ten!

1. Become incredibly selfish!
2. Over-respond to every event!
3. Add value just for the joy of it!
4. Market your talents shamelessly!
5. Affect others profoundly.
6. Eliminate delay.
7. Thrive on the details.
8. Tolerate nothing!
9. Orient life around your values. (Nobody does that better than you!)
10. Develop more character than you need!

From: "William Peach" <>
Date sent: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 09:39:55 -0100
Day 6 already! Just read your comments on solitude...reflecting on your statements about "the shadows on the wall" and "flesh & bone reality" and "the rebirth of compassion that comes from solitude"...
I am reminded of Christie McCauliff & the Challenger.
Tori, the world is pulling for & with you...pull girl, pull!
Remember your own words when you experience the "times (you) will be terrified out of (your) wits..." Pull girl, pull!
God bless you!
Randy Peach
Jax, Florida

Date sent: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 15:55:12 +0000
From: samize <>
Subject: gulf stream
As long as you're in the gulf stream, hope you remembered to drag a few
fishing lines. Good luck on your journey. Steve and Amy

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:16:54 -0700
From: Darrell McBride <>
Send reply to:
Subject: World Class Achiever

Following your day to day progress. Admire your strength and courage.
Keep up the good work. As you row, there are hundreds, probably
thousands, who have their hands on the oars with you.
D. McBride -
On the Colorado River @ Lake Havasu City Arizona

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:01:22 -0700
From: kgktb <>
Subject: Go Girl...
Godspeed, Tori...
Kris k.

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:59:03, -0500
Subject: Best Wishes to Tori
Our family just wants to wish you well on your fantastic adventure!
We are from Jeffersonville, IN (but - born Louisvilians!) and we will
keep you in our prayers for a safe journey! Good Luck!
The Nohalty family

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:02:31, -0500
Subject: Dear Tori
I don't believe you need words of insperation at this point. You have
that drive to get across the BIG PUDDEL! Just know that there are
people you have left behind that care greatly that you return and not
wheither you set a record. Gee, I hope Spector, I mean Sector, let's
this message through. You have unfinished business on the Big Mac!
May the wind be at your front and your socks dry, love Richard S.

From: "elitt" <>
Subject: Trans Atlantic trip
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 20:46:31 -0500
We watched you leave Oregon Inlet Sunday afternoon on the 14th. We are all
watching your progress on the internet. It's the first thing we do after
God Bless,
Edward & Tricia

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:30:26 EDT
Subject: Tori
I keeping up with your progress. Good Luck. I hope the weather stays good and
calm for you. Take a good rest when you reach France. Mary Warner

From: " Al Murden" <>
Subject: Row and Row!
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 18:19:07 -0400
Dear Tori,
We were in Louisville on Sunday at the time you departed but back
home now. We are following you on the Web and my greatest fear at
present is that my computer will go "bust" and I will do likewise - all
while you are rowing merrily (?) along the way. =20
All our love, Mom and Dad
From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 22:03:48 EDT
Subject: Tori Murden
Best Wishes to you Tori from all of us at Louisville Collegiate School. You
are an inspiration to our children.

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 20:01:24 EDT
Subject: Tori
I check you out every day. Good luck and rowing. I admire you.
Richard Lloyd
From: "Wm. C. Weaver" <>
Subject: Fantastic Voyage
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 19:17:14 -0000
I am Bill Weaver from Louisville where the boat was built. I have never met
Tori Murden, but think she has more courage than anyone I have ever known.
In my dreams I have only thought about such adventure, but never ever
possessed enough faith to try anything like Tori.
Billie and I wish her well and hope she has God's speed and Mother Nature's
We will follow via net.
Good luck and favorable seas.
Bill & Billie Weaver of Louisville

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 98 17:40:13 EDT
From: "Bethany J. Bridgham" <>
Organization: The American University
Tori - a friend forwarded a copy of the press release abt. your trip, along w/
a note, which read: "There go you Smithies --again." (Could there be higher
praise ?!)

I have your website "bookmarked" and check on your progress daily. I have told
all my friends and co-workers abt. your trip and encouraged them to cheer you
on --altho' I'm not sure whether it's encouraging or frightening to know you ha
ve a bunch of DC lawyers behind you ! :)

Keep pulling - Bethany/SC 1985

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 13:02:37 -0400
From: Alex Machi <>
Organization: Middlebury College
Subject: SUCH a journey...
    You're a long way from Lake Wellington in Florida...
and City Hospital, Boston and the shelters in Louisville.
May the road never end, though, of course, THIS trip will
- in Brest! How sweet will those last 20 strokes be!?!
I am amazed at your strength, proud to have known you.
I've got the entire team here watching your progress and
perhaps learning from the challenges you face.
You never know the lives you touch!
All the luck in the world and enjoy every minute of your travels.

Alex Machi, head coach, crew, Middlebury College
formerly with the Florida Rowing Center

Subject: sector
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 15:11:20 +0000
Hi Tori
I saw a small picture in our newspaper and a more smaller article about
your big trip. I think, it's grat what you do. I wish you all the best
for your trip over the ocean and many e-mails.
I will write more later.
Mr. Marky Mark

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 12:57:47 EDT
Subject: Message for Tori
This is a message for Tori from Norm Jacques:
The Boston Globe will be carrying my story about you. Have you seen any

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 08:42:38 -0700
Subject: You are doing well.....keep up the good work!
I have been checking in everyday to monitor your progress.
You are doing very well and maintaining a good pace. I hope the Gulf
Stream waters will treat you well and make your endeavor much easier.
There are a lot of people wishing you well. GO FOR IT....remember
Captain George Baust
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

From: "Yowler, Jayne" <>
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 09:34:13 -0400
Tori -
What could I possibly say to inspire you!? You are my inspiration - my
hero! From one bad ass cool princess to another.
Love to you! Jayne Bradford Yowler

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 09:21:30 EDT
Subject: Curious
Is Tori by herself out there or does she have an accompanying motor boat
beside her?

from the ORS webmaster - Tori is by herself there is no support boat.

From: Eddie Edwards <>
Subject: For Tori
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 07:08:19 -0500
I read about your most interesting and courageous activity in the news,
with web site noted. Being an "engineer type", I was fascinated with
the design of your craft. I will look forward to following your
Don't feel that you are alone. We are with you.
Eddie W. Edwards, P.E.
Houston, TX

From: "William Peach" <>
Subject: Tori
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 08:13:42 -0100
I am brand new @ the idea of oceanrowing...(Monday AM) & don't know a lot about it. Although I will probably never do anything like what you are doing, I have great admiration for your efforts & wish you Godspeed. I pray for your safety & encourage you to
God bless you, Tori. I eagerly await a glorious homecoming for you at your destination.
W. Randy Peach
Jacksonville, Florida

From: "Rob Bruner" <>
Subject: Go Tori Go!
Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 07:41:59 -0400
May God Almighty, the Creator of the wind and the waves, bless you mightily
and provide smooth sailing with a favorable current and good tailwinds. We
are following your progress from Chesapeake, Virginia and pray for your
safety and success each day. May you go with the Lord!
Rob & Margaret Bruner

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 07:00:04 -0400
From: Matthew Robinson <>
Subject: Wishing Tori the best
You have been the topic of conversation here at the office for three
days now. The biggest adventure done by all of us was a white water
canoe trip down the St. John River in Maine. You are definately one
courageous and amazing woman. Everyone here in the office at TI
Mansfeild, Ma wishes you the best.
You must follow in the words of Milarepa....."My religion is to live
and die without regret."
Matthew Robinson
Mansfeild, MA

Date sent: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 20:09:42 -0400
From: "shawn o'bannonValued Customer" <>
Subject: Keep the faith

Shawn O'Bannon from Louisville- Mercy Academy Coach and Teacher. Keep
the faith. I (we, my team) wish you the best. You are truly an
inspiration- some see it as crazy; I see it as testing the limits;
personal limits. Where does the inner strength come from?
How do you stay motivated.? I am keeping track for myself and my cross
country team. " Heart, Mind, Legs" a saying one of my runners says
before each race. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!

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