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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murden-page 3

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From: "Raymond Saucillo" <>
Subject: Tori Murden
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 23:07:53 -0500
I follow your progress daily on the web and find it a source of joy and
inspiration. I especially enjoy your "Letters from the Edge". I am not at
all versed in Shakespeare, but your journey reminds me of one of my
favorites quotes since I was a child. Perhaps you know this one:
"There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at flood, leads on to fortune:
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries."
Julius Caesar. Act II, Sc. 2, 32-33
Good luck and God Speed!
Houston, Texas

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 22:38:19 -0500
From: (Robert M. Klein)
Subject: Go Tori Go
It's Robert Klein. Everyone in Derbytown is wishing you well. I enjoy your
updates immensely. Enjoy that "elevator" and tally ho. Does this make you
an elevator operator?

From: "Aaron Gwin " <>
Subject: hey Tori!
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 20:33:22 -0500
Hey, I realize that you probably won't ever see this message, but if
you do I would like to say that I was watching you leave in Louisville (I
live there) and what I think you are doing is really cool and takes a
lot of guts. Best Wishes, have a safe trip
Aaron Gwin

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 21:32:03 -0400
From: Bobby Sykes <>
Subject: Greetings from sunny coastal North Carolina
Hope your spirits are holding out. Just picture your goal and its
wonderous completion. I'm sure your ambition and character will drive
you many, many miles. I can see it in your letters from "The edge".
What a wonderful task you have undertaken.
Enough of that, sleep well and dig deep and enjoy the indigo purple gulf
stream. What a memorable color it is.
Good luck,

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 21:14:00 -0400
From: ralph newman <>
Subject: Success
I wish you well with all my heart.At age 81 I have never had , and
never will have such a grand experience. I feel sure you will succeed.
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 20:28:02 -0400
From: Don Revell <>
Subject: Keep on
Ddddear Tori, We are with you . I follow your progress every "
KEEP ON KEEPING ON ' goog luck Don Revell

From: <>
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 22:22:57 EDT
Subject: Governor's Scholars Program
We began our program for the first year (in the last three) without you.
Milton Riegelman, the former dean of the Centre College campus spoke. He did
a fine job, but you were missed. It's awfully hard to top, "You are
Know that our thoughts and prayers go with you for a safe adventure.
The NKU GSP faculty and RAs.

From: "Zack Blair" <>
Subject: Good Luck!!
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 17:17:17 -0500
    I am writing to let you know that everyone in Cloverport, Kentucky which
is located in Breckinridge County is routing for you. Never give up. I
hope that you succeed.
    Your Pal,
        Zack Blair

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 16:19:35 -0500
From: Robert Nelson <>
Subject: Web site
A very interesting and informative web site. I take my hat off and
salute the brave rowers who put their lives on the line to accomplish
their dream.
Robert R Nelson
Manhattan, KS.
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 16:54:01 -0400
From: Patrick Masterson <>
Subject: Greetings from Va Beach
Keep up the good work!

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Re: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 15:47:18 -0500
Hi! Keep up the good work! I told my daughter about your trip and she
is showing her children Lauren, 10 and Michael, 7 how to track your
trip. They live in ALBQ., N.M. I missed hearing from you on Sun.,
June 21. You were on my mind all day and Monday too. I knew you are all
right--and you were busy rowing. I wondered if Victoria ate all the
M&M's and was glad to hear the pump was fixed. Good Job finding out
the problem. I enjoyed reading about your activities and look forward to
another letter. You are on our prayer list at church and God will
bless you for caring for the homeless and needy. You inspire me so much and
what a great role model. Your explanation of happiness was moving and
we admire you greatly. Thinking and praying for you. May God lead and
guide you on your trip. God Bless,
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, TX

From: "rich howard" <>
Subject: HELLO TORI !!!!!
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 20:12:24 PDT
Hi Tori!
I am from Va. Beach, Va. and I read about your adventure the other
day. How exciting! To be able to take off and challange yourself like
that. I am here praying for you. My kids are following your voyage
along with me. I am your age so that gives me a push to do things I've
always thought I couldn't do. Our Father God is so awsome that He would
use your adventure to reach others! Take care and enjoy the majesty of
our Creator's world! NO LIMITS
By By for now, I'll keep reading! Connie Howard

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 10:25:57 -0400
Your adventure across the Atlantic is one heck of a story, and the best part
is that it's very real. I check in every day. We're w/ you in spirit!! The
stars must be incredible at night.:-)
p.s. Clever idea w/ the fresh water machine!
Paul Clear

Subject: Ms. Murden
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 09:21:52 -0500
May I congatulate you for your excellent presentation and information
on Ms. Murden's trip. She is, certainly, a courageous, determined
gal. I would also like to send her a word of congratulation.

Regards, Hernando Franco, Medellenn, Colombia, S. Am.

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 09:40:53 -0400
From: The Collins Family <"">
Subject: You're in our thoughts and prayers!!!!!
Hi Tori,
My husband and I met you at your cottage in South Nags Head the day
before you began your historic voyage.We were impressed before we went
over and meeting you affirmed our thoughts.You were very kind to take
the time to meet and talk with two early morning intruders.We are
following your progress daily and you were placed on our prayer list at
church yesterday.Everyone is impressed with your courage and
determination.Our little corner of eastern North Carolina wishes you the
very best and we will continue to follow you on your journey .
God's speed,
Ann and Woody Collins

Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 14:01:21 +0100
From: John Searson <>
Subject: Any help required
Hi Tori
Sounds as though your now having a good time out there. I must say I
feel a little envious!
SOunds as though your controling your boat well in the conditions out at
sea, but if you do get any problems and want to talk them through send
me an e-mail or get your support team to give me a ring. +44 1535 498668
One thing I leared is that if you deply your drouge from the front of
the boat - i did this from the front of the Cockpit, you will remain
beam on to the weather. This will stop you getting pushed back anywhere
near as fast as if you deploy from the rear. Disadvantage is that waves
are more likely to breaking to the boat.
I found my batteries went completely flat because of charging of my
PC during cloudy days. I had a standard lap top. If you end up with a
cloudy period you will have to be very carful with your power
I'll be following your progress. Keep up the good work.
Best Wishes
John Searson

From: "Wm. C. Weaver" <>
Subject: Sargasso Sea Tactics
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 08:58:22 -0000
I have never rowed the Atlantic, but I know from tapes of others that the
Sargasso Sea is full of stringy crap.
Can imagine this would be tiring and calorie consuming.
Had a couple of ideas.
1. Loosen the tiller swing nut just barely and spray liberally with WD40,
or use other oil so it can swing freely if impeded.
2. Some lubricant on the blades of the oars might also help with the stuff
sliding off. Have actually used this technique myself in swamp grass.
In the end, success will be every piece of food Tori didn't have to eat, and
every moment of exhaustion she manages to avoid.
Wm. C. Weaver & Billie R. Weaver, B & B of Louisville

From: "William Peach" <>
Subject: Tori Murden-#3 message
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 08:31:55 -0100
"What a difference a day can make"...I loved your poetic description of the twelve or fourteen dolphin circling the boat...I flew in a light plane over the islands off the west coast of Florida with a close friend...upon taking a closer look I noticed a g
At the loss of the hose & important paraphrase Tom Hanks...""Sector, we have a problem" By the way, do M&M's still melt in your mouth, not in your hand while aboard the American Pearl?
I am loving this story...thank you!
Keep at it, girl!
Randy Peach

Date sent: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 23:01:21 -0400
From: steve baker <>
Subject: Best wishes and Godspeed
My son Ben and I are enjoying(from the comfort of our air-conditioned
home) your adventure. We wish you the very best and will have you in
our family prayers each and every day. You are a brave, strong-willed
woman and we are confident your trip will be successful. Best of luck
from Winchester, Virginia.
Steve, Ben, Meredith, and Madison Baker

From: <>
Date sent: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 02:23:55 EDT
Subject: For Tori
I've felt compelled to write to you and let you know, you are doing this more
for others
then for yourself. It seems as if every nautical mile you row, I know I can
do more.

From: "Ruth & Neil Peacock" <>
Subject: Good Job
Date sent: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 21:27:38 -0400
We are watching your daily progress. Keep up the good job, Tori.
Ruth & Neil

From: (Merry Jane Beadles)
Date sent: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 20:20:12 -0500
Subject: hi!
you go girl. wish you the best.

Date sent: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 14:11:14 -0700
From: Jud <>
Organization: InfiNet
Subject: BRAVO ZULU!
Keep up the good work. We are enjoying following your GPS track. As
Hams we are putting your co-ordinates into a Ham Packet program called
APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System). It displays a running track
of your co-ords onto a map on the computer. We also transmit your
latest co-ords for all Hams to see that are using APRS. Good luck on
your adventure. Jud, KE4HFX & Lynn, KE4KET French - Norfolk, VA

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Date sent: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 00:08:16 -0500
I saw an article about your trip in the Houston Chronicle and I have
been tracking your trip. I am a grandmother (62) and I will be
printing all of your letters for my granddaughters so they can tell their
classmates this fall or even write a report about your trip. What an
exciting adventure. GOOD LUCK! I will be praying for a safe trip and
keep up the good work. God Bless you and keep you safe until you reach
Cypress, TX

Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 22:34:07 -0400
From: Vallery <>
Subject: Row
Whoa kickin Tori! It is Saturday night, close to 7 days. I can only
imagine what it is like out there. But know that all of us back here on
land are with you. I check your progress daily. Keep smiling and maybe
take a mental health day, only row if you need to stay on course. My
thoughts are with you.
Vallery Dietrich-
Kitty Hawk, NC-

Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 22:13:49 -0400
From: Bobby Sykes <>
Subject: Hello again!
Hope this note found you in great health and spirits. Glad to see how
favorable your progress was on the 20th. We had a major group of storms
sweep through the coast of N.C. Fri. night. Hope you didn't get any of
that dangerous lightening we saw.
Keep the faith, and fill your mind w/ thoughts w/ all those pleasant
I thought the Gulfstream runs due North by Northeast, not East, am I
Keep a smile on your face and a strong will to back it up!
Until later,

Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 18:22:28 -0400
Subject: good luck, wishing you good weather

Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 16:21:45 -0400
From: Doug Hart <>
Subject: Go, Tori, go!
Good luck. I am following your progress. Hope you do well. God speed!
Doug Hart

From: "donald" <>
Subject: greetings from Germany
Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 20:01:28 +0200
Hi Tori,
I'm from Germany and I'm checking every day on your progress map. You
are doing a great job.
Go on......go on........go on.

From: <>
Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 13:18:28 EDT
Subject: Thinking about you !!!
Tori, Wanted you to know we are Thinking and Praying for your safety and
sucess.We're a couple senior citizens in Virginia Beach, Va. Watching your
progress every day. Sincerly, Willis & Evelyn Price

From: <>
Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 12:24:20 EDT
Subject: Torrie

I'm watching your progress from Houston, TX and praying for you daily. Go

Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 09:20:12 -0500
From: "Andrew J. Perkins" <>
Organization: ProForma PrintProducts
Subject: Watching With Fascination
My girls, Elizabeth (11), Kate (9), and Virginia (7), and I are watching
your progress and story with fascination. What a wonderful example you
are for them! Thank you. We're praying for you.
Andy Perkins
Dallas, Texas

From: <>
Date sent: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 00:30:42 EDT
Subject: Go Tori

I know the Atlantic can have many moods. I served as the district ranger at
Cape Hatteras many years ago and often thought of what it would be like to
just row off into the sunrise oneday. I'm glad your doing it for you and me,
and all the others who
long to feel the wind and spray of the sea in our face once again.
R.G. Littlefield
Chesterton, Indiana

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