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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 4

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Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 21:16:04 -0400
Organization: Animal Welfare Society
Subject: Besy Wishes and concerns
    It's been great following your progress for the past week but I share
the concern of many in your progress of the last few days. We pray you
are OK and ask, perhaps that the Society can post a status report of
your voyage and safe status when you are unable to communicate.
    Perhaps you could ask for the society's assistance in this. I hope all
is well and Godspeed to you.
    Best Regards and thoughts
        Steve in Kennebunk,Maine, USA

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 20:22:32 -0400
From: John Jones <>
Subject: Best of luck!
I am following your progress. You seem becalming the last few days. Hope
all is well and wish you success in this wonderful adventure!
John Jones

From: "Garrison, JoAnn" <>
Subject: Good Luck to the American Pearl
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 16:11:33 -0700
Hi Tori,
After reading an article about your voyage in the daily newspaper I have
been on this trip with you. At 62 I wish I had been more adventuresom and
admire all it takes for you to do this.
I will be following you all the way and wish you all the good thoughts
I don't know how you select the people that you email back, but if you find
time please let me know you have recieved this email.
I am shareing your trip with my family and especially my two grandsons. I am
using you as an example. "Anything is possible".
I have just printed the Letters from the Edge and havn't had time to read
them completely, but what I see so far is great writing.
Keep your spirits high.
Joanne Garrison

From: "Edward ONeill" <shatoewe@IDT.NET>
Subject: Tori enjoy yourself
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 15:50:49 -0700
How neat, for here I sit in California behind a computer looking at the
screen in the corner in the dim light of the room feeling nothing. No
wind, no sun, nothing stirring bored out of my mind. But you trekking
across the ocean chasing your dream, and a whole summer in front of =
That really sets my mind to dreaming, it is so refreshing. I have been
following you on the internet, since day one. To bad you don't have a
way of communicating with all of us that are watching. Then we could
share your adventure "in real time". Every day when I get up the first
thing I check is your WebPages to see what is going on with you in your
journey, I read all the news that is printed about your progress. So
keep on moving towards the morning sun and may god be with you.
Edward P. O'Neill, MS
San Marcos California

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 17:37:38 -0500
From: Nathalie Andrews <>
Subject: Hi Tori
Good to read your letters and know that you are well and having such a
good, positive experience. Bon temps roule (?)--Nathalie

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 16:47:51, -0500
Subject: Hi Tori
Hi, I will keep praying for you.I hope you have a safe trip across
the Alantic ocean.Remenber when you get to France you will be the
first woman in history to do this so be very happy that you made.
God bless you and Good luck,
Lindsey Betts
Louisville, Kentucky

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 18:58:01 EDT
Subject: Ocean rowing
I read about you while visiting relatives in Michigan. I think you are a
great role model for all young girls. I have sent information to my niece who
is very into Spice Girls. Nothing wrong with them but I truly believe you are
someone an eleven year old can look up to! Go Girl and get across that
Mary Rutz
Vidalia, Georgia

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 12:42:26 -0500
Subject: Proud of you in Corydon, Indiana
Good wishes from Corydon, Indiana. I'm originally from Louisville and now
live in Clarksville (and work in Corydon...go figure). I hope all is well
with you and wish you calm seas on the remainder of your journey across the
It seems kind of ironic that this week we did a story about a woman who is
walking across America and at the same time a woman is rowing across the
Atlantic. Who says women can't do anything!!! (If you are interested in
reading about the walking girl...the website is
Once again, I wish you well on your journey and we'll see you back home in
a few months!!!
God bless you on the remainer of your journey...
Alan Stewart
Sports Editor
Corydon Democrat

From: "Margie Ann Richards" <>
Subject: The Great Row
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 09:47:44 -0700
Glad to hear about your rowing trip across the Atlantic. The smallest ship
I ever crossed the Atlantic was the 35,000 ton Olympia (a Greek ship) in
1965. I truly admire your spunk.
Good luck.
The Blimp

From: "Nancy S. Edwards" <>
Subject: Prayers for you
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 12:47:06 -0400
Hi Tori,
I've just returned from my prayer/healing group at the Association for
Research & Enlightment here in Va. Beach. I told the members about sending
an e-mail to you, and they all wanted me to tell you that they are praying
for you. We meet every Wed. from 9-12 at the A.R.E. The 25 regular
members will be praying for you everyday, and on Wednesdays, when we have
our regular meeting, there could be as many as l00 visitors praying for you
also. Keep up the good work, and know that you are surrounded by God's
Light and Love.
All good wishes,
Nancy Edwards

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 11:24:28, -0500
Subject: BEST OF LUCK!
I wish you best of luck. I will keep praying from you and check out
your site everyday!
God Bless You,
Kenneth Betts
Louisville, Kentucky

From: "William Peach" <>
Subject: Where's the best seafood (!) in Brest?
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 12:26:26 -0100
Have you given any thought as to what your first meal will be in Brest? Seafood? Nah, BT/DT by now!
Hope your wind, weather, etc. has been and will be cooperative during your trip!!!
Remember the commercial...Just Do It! :)
God bless you...keep up the good work, Tori, the world is pulling with and for you without letting up. By the way, you are an incredible writer!
W. Randy Peach
Jacksonville, Florida

From: "anette hebebrand" <>
Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 08:47:56 PDT
tori, you can't row 152 kms each day. you would reach brest much too
soon. hang in there, okay

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 09:42:35 -0500

From: Allyson K. Sturgeon <>
Subject: Hi Tori!!
I saw a piece about your latest endeavor on the news last night -- (And I
thought studying for the bar exam was tough!!) -- I just wanted to let you
know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and to wish you the best
of luck and success! I hope to see you when you return to Louisville!
Take care!
Allyson K. Sturgeon
E-mail Address

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 09:02:06 -0400
From: "Kevin L. Clingman" <>
Organization: Small Business Loan Source, Inc
Subject: Words of Encouragement
I just wanted t let you that I am praying for you every day during your
row. You are an inspiration to people throughout the world.
Phillipians 4:13 says "I can do all thing through Christ who
strengtheneth me." Be strong in the Lord and take care of yourself.
Kevin Clingman

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 12:15:11 +0200
From: Tina Schati <>
Organization: MPI fuer Kernphysik
Subject: Tori
Hi Tori, I send you this mail from Heidelberg, Germany. I am very
eager reading your progresses in rowing every day. Don't be sad, when
you get problems and fall back in your daily target. Always think
positive. That's one of the best ideas you should have. Sorry my
English, it is not the best, but you should know, many of my friends
ask me about your progress every day. And all are surprised about your
looking forward.
"I will read something about your arrival in Brest, France"
Christine Schati

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 98 10:50:34 UT
From: "Marian Thompson" <>
Subject: Tori's Row
Greetings Tori,
I follow your course every day. May your arms remain strong, may your dreams
refresh you, and may God be with you.
Kaye Thompson, M.D.
Louisville, KY 40207

Date sent: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 06:26:06 -0300
From: Rose Hennigar <>
Subject: good luck
Hi Tori,
Read a piece in the Saint John Telegraph about your trip
across the atlantic, and started to follow your progress. Got to work at
6:00 every morning and am folwing your progress. All the best of luck,and
God's speed. Gerry

Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 23:49:49 -0400
Subject: Luck
Hi Tori, wishing you all the luck in the world. Were thinking of you
out here in
Until we talk again I bid you adios.

Date sent: Sat, 23 Jun 1998 00:14:52 -0700
From: Suzanne Hollrah <>
Subject: Tori of the Coean..Many stupendous wishes sent your way...
I found your trip on the web from the Santa Barbara area of California.
You're amazing, and I send you great "energy," "protection," "stamina,"
and "vision" wishes for your quest. The journey of a thousand(s) miles
begins with a lone paddle, and you're the one! I'll think about you and
pray for you every day, and may the stars and the Creator who put it all
here, guide you and keep you.
Love, Suzanne Hollrah
PO Box 474
Solvang, Ca. 93464

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 21:55:15 EDT
Subject: Keep up the good work!
Hi Tori and Victoria,
Found out about your trip from my brother Bob Hurley, and now we are
following your progress everyday. Your letters are great to read to know what
it is like out there. Hope all goes well and you make it all the way. The two
of you should keep each other going. I'll be praying for you. Joyce.

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 21:45:19 EDT
Subject: Tori
Good luck and God speed! JackB617

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 21:02:36 EDT
Subject: Re: Way to Go
Hi Tori,
We met once at an event at the Louisville Rowing Club, where my husband Jim
Talay is a member. We are very excited for you and, wow what a brave woman
you are!!! Remember-one stroke and one day at a are in our
Yasemin Talay

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 20:19:51 EDT
Subject: message for Tori
Greetings from Jane Dietzel (Smith '85 and Haven House) and daughters Becky
and Leah (ages 9 and 7 1/2). We check your progress often, and enjoy
imagining what the ocean is like out there. We are glad your boat is very

Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 18:12:12 -0500
From: Chip Beaudette <>
Subject: Best of Luck
Tori, I just read about your ocean rowing attempt. My hats
off to you - this is just a super
deal. My best wishes and prayers are with you.
God Speed!
Chip Beaudette
Cedar Park, TX

Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 18:22:11 -0700
From: sterice <>
Subject: Toris Ride
First let us thank the very kind folks at the Ocean Rowing Society for
supporting Tori, and providing this fabulous web site!!! Tori if you
will be able to read any of these letters I guess as a fellow athlete I
will say that the goal you have set for yourself is good. But, if you
get tired STOP, eat drink and rest, so what it takes a few more days
what the hell, the fact is and I quote from my great father " what
counts in life, results"!! So don't give up, get the job done but for
god's sake and yours rest take your time and do it! Also speaking from
a medical stand point I don't what or how you are making your water I'm
sure you have some kind of support vessel with you but keeps pumping
those fluids!!! Take care Steve Rice

from the Tori is totally self-contained with no support vehicles alongside...

Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 09:43:30 -0500
From: mac <>
Subject: courage and tenacity
tori, i read of your crossing in the Chicago Tribune and have visited
the web page and am sending my energy to you in your quest. you are an
inspiration for all of us who want to push to the outer limits-one day
at a time and france will be in sight! keep going!!!!!! good luck!!!!!

From: "anette hebebrand" <>
Subject: 23june98
Date sent: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 06:41:35 PDT
hi, tori
just got back to work this a.m., meaning i got back to the internet to
check on you. looks like you're doing well and i cannot help but have to
say i'm proud of you. your stories from the edge are grand. i was in
florida over these past few days, and got 2 kids excited over your trip.
they have access to the internet, and they are following your progress
daily. my kids here in charleston are infected as well. you see, you are
not alone. you know on the mountain they say "Bergmannsheil" and so i
suppose on the sea for you i wish you a hearty "ship ahoy" - until soon
again - on the 20th you did 152 kms - were you bored?
tschau - ah

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