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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murdon-page 6

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From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 21:35:54 -0500
Hi Tori,
57 is the majic number and 98 is great. Keep up the excellent work.
May God give you strength and power to continue rowing great. Enjoy
the sun and peaceful nights with the bright stars and moon. Praying and
thinking of you daily. Hope all is well and the weather is still
wonderful. Hope to hear from you about your trip. I know your having
phone problems and may that be corrected. Take care and God bless you!
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, TX

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 23:32:44 EDT
Subject: Good Luck
Hi Tori
My wife and I wish you the best of luck on your great adventure. It was 112
here iin Arizona today so we are with you in thought and our hearts. Keep on
Craig and Kathy Biddinger, Apache Junction, Arizona

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 11:24:39 EDT
Subject: thoughts and prayers
Dearest Tori,
I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you constantly
as you make this journey across the ocean. (Just as they were during your 4
yrs. at Smith, since then and always.) Iv'e been following your progress on
the internet with deep interest and the warmest of feelings. I truely
understand that you are where you need to be and I am so proud of you!
I know that your mail needs to be screened by the technical crew but I
certainly hope that you get this message. It's important to me that you know
that I am by your side along with beloved freinds and family. Very best
wishes and love, Jo Anne Steeves (417 Washington St. Brookline Ma 2246)

Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 22:32:21 -0500
From: Jim Dollinger <>
Subject: Keep Up The Good Work!
Hi, Tori!
I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate you on
your progress. I don't go to bed at night until I
check to see how you are doing. I am just a simple,
country girl who is surrounded by "oceans" of soy beans
and corn in the flatlands of Illinois. My closest
experience to rowing was my honeymoon canoe trip in the
Canadian Boundary Waters two years ago. Godspeed to
you, and may the Gulfstream be your friend.
Best regards,
Linda Dollinger

Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:22:22 -0500
From: "Rev. Kenneth Solo" <>
Organization: Life Source Institute
Subject: Tori's communications
What will be the overall affect of Tore's communications without
satilite phone contact? will the public be able to follow her progress?
Will we recieve any more written messages form Tori ?    
We are a sailing group in Kansas, intrested in following her progress.
Thanks for your time and concideration.

From ORS (Tom Lynch)- to Q1. Overall Tori will probably make better progress without the phone ringing all the time ;0)... It's a pain for her support crew; we still get messages via what's called an Adventure Unit on her Argos Beacon (this basically sends us one of seventeen coded messages affirming Tori's status at sea i.e. message 000 means Tori is O.K.).  Q2. The public can continue to follow her progress daily on the ORS Tori's Progress page. Q3- We are hoping that Tori can get her satellite phone working again. It's going to be a long journey and I'm sure she would love to read mail and write back...

Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:15:21 -0700
From: (Thomas Grundy)
Subject: Go Tori!!!!!
Dear Tori:
Been following your progress and it's great to know that you well and going
strong! Mom and Dad and all the folks in Lebanon are behind you and tracking
your journey daily.
This is so exciting! Know that you are constantly in my thoughts.
Sending my Love,
Tom Grundy
San Diego, CA

Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 11:54:06 -0500
From: Tina Vlahakis <>
Subject: Following Tori
I've been following your progresss daily (except for three days--had
problem with computer). Loved your letters. Praying for you.
You have opened new doors for me. You are an inspiration. Hope all is
going well and we will hear from you again.
The ocean rowing society is great.

Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 15:27:50 -0400
What an inspiration you are. I love your letters. I hope you can find
a way to upload more of them. All of us have dreams. Few of us live
them. Congratulations for doing so.
Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I bet you
think about that with each stroke of the oars. I wonder how many oar
strokes it will be from here to there. I lived on the Outer Banks 5
years ago for 4 years. I always wondered what it would be like to get
from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
Isn't it wonderful how the things you need keep showing up! Must be all
those prayers! I know you are in mine. And not just for your safety,
or your progress, but also so you can develop a closer relationship with
our Father and his Son. Godspeed, Tori.
PS: Say hi to Victoria.
Wayne Anderson
Raleigh, NC

Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 14:05:33 +0100
From: Tim Huelin Photography <>
Subject: Message fro Tori
Pleased to see you doing so well and in such good spirits. Keep it going
and the best of luck to you for a safe passage. Tim Huelin

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 08:40:17 EDT
Subject: Fair Winds....
    Am keeping you in our prayers and wish you all the best and may you have fair
winds and following seas!
                                                The Woods

From: "Herman C Carlson" <>
Subject: Keep up the good rowing!
Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 22:59:24 -0700
Hi Tori:
We are following your progress each day and we are praying for good
weather and fair winds for you. Hope you get your communications back
on line so we can read more of your good stories.
Good luck and God bless,

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Re: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 22:38:32 -0500
Hi Tori,
Glad to hear the weather is wonderful and you are too. Doing a great
job and I can't believe all the nautical miles you have rowed.
Continue rowing all you can and looking forward to hearing from you again. God
be with you every moment and lead and guide you daily. Thinking and
praying for you.
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, TX

Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:31:39 +0000
Subject: Encouragement for Tori
Godspeed Tori!
Toast to you--when in France,
try their fine champagne!
J.P. Couch
Va. Beach, Va.

From: (charles raines)
Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 11:33:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tori
Dear Sir: Enjoyinfg keeping up with Tori's progress, but miss her
letters, so far I have printed out two and was wondering when we might
expect more. I read that she was having trouble with her Sat. phone. Do
you expect her to be able to find the trouble? Irf you are able to
contact her please add my congrats for a job well done to-date and I
expect her to complete the journey as planned. Many
thanks. Charles Raines

From: <>
Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:51:17 EDT
Subject: Good luck and great weather
Hi. This is the crew at Pohl Iron Works. We hope that your doing fine and
the weather is good for you. We would love to see you when you get back to
hear you tell about your great adventure.
Linn, Nancy and Rodney

From: Visionary Media Laboratory <>
Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 07:54:47 -0700
Hey Tori:
I was listening to a radio program on Sunday and a caller asked why we
hadn't heard recent news about your trip. He shared your website with
the listening audience so I'm sure you'll have a lot of Louisvillians
looking you up today! We are all hoping you are well!
Go Tori Go! Becky (Castleman) Dunn

From: Ken M Tuck <>
Subject: Hey from Louavull!!
Date sent: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 08:44:35 -0400
My name is Ken Tuck. Heard about your website on the radio the other
day. I live here in the Jeffersontown area. Keep rowing girl!! We
are all pulling for you. I don't know if you are going to get this
while you are rowing, or when you're done, so I'll just say drink one
for me when you get tok the "continent". Write back if you can; from
the middle of the Atlantic, that would be cool. So long, Ken Tuck,

From: "Cecil & Martha Smith" <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 18:54:47 -0500
    We are proud of you and anxiously watching your progress. You are rowing
for all of us who ever dreamed of a special adventure.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. May the hand of God gently
guide you across the Atlantic.
    Cecil and Martha Smith -- landlocked in Salem, Indiana
Cecil and/or Martha Smith

From: <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 23:43:09 EDT
Subject: Tori - The Lady of the Atlantic
From Atascocita, Texas Dorothy and Dick say "BRAVO"

From: <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 22:29:17 EDT
Subject: I'm hooked.
Did not know that Oceanrowing was so well organized, because of you I am
hooked, and check your progress daily. Go Girl Go.
Dale Myers

From: "Wm. C. Weaver" <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 21:10:50 -0000
By now, according to all maps I can understand, you are in the Sargasso Sea.
All small crafts have their problems here. Hope you are doing well and not
letting the fool weeds get you down.
Again, God's Speed and Mother Nature's Blessing.
B & B of Louisville

From: <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 20:23:14 EDT
Subject: HI
Hi! I a, a 15 year-old-girl who was at Oregon Inlet when you left. I am
glad to hear that everything is fine. I admire you for all that you are doing.
I'm sure it is a wonderful experience but I don't think that i would be brave
enough to spend 120 days by myself. I would be afraid of what might happen.
But I just wanted to say hi. Hope to write again.
Erin Wilson
Chesapeake, VA

From: <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 13:36:47 EDT
Subject: Row Girl
Torri, with thousands of people praying for you there is no way you can
fail. Godspeed and may the wind be always at your back, from Dave in Houston.

From: "James Wahlberg" <>
Subject: Pushing Back Our Boudaries
Date sent: Fri, 26 Jun 98 14:51:01 PDT
Tori, your quest has captivated me. I check your progress often and share it with my sons (12 and 7 yrs), telling them, "see what a person can do if they REALLY put their mind to it and PUSH their body?" You are a daily reminder of all the adventures,
Jim Wahlberg

From: <>
Date sent: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 11:40:53 EDT
Subject: What a lucky fisherman
Hey Tori,
It's Rockierae and SScurber again. We have been following you on the
computer. I bet the fisherman was very surprised when he spotted you in your
boat. It probably will be a day you both will never forget.
We planted some gouards the day you left. It takes the same amount of
time for them to mature as it takes for you and your boat to go to France. I
thought that was interesting. Maybe I will paint one for you and sent it to
the rowing society to forward it to you on your return. Everything is really
starting to grow around here. As you can tell I am really interested in
Well, I hope you find something cool today, maybe more,dolphins, whales,
nice weather, or even another fisherman.

Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 22:37:30 -0400
From: Samuel Levine <>
Subject: Godspeed Tori
Hi, Tori -
You have our prayers for your success in this great adventure that you
have undertaken. You are indeed a very courageous young woman and we
believe that with your knowledge and determination you will complete
your journey and win the honor of being the first American woman to
achieve this goal.
We hope that the Atlantic treats you well and that your navigational and
other equipment will function properly. We are cheering for you as we
track your progress. God be with you. Bessie and Sam Levine

From: "Tina Ward-Pugh" <>
Subject: Ward One to Tori. Can you read me? Come in Tori.
Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 22:15:06 -0400
What can I say to someone who dares not only to dream dreams but has the
courage then to pursue them, except. . . you are the stuff of which legends
are made. May your body and your boat endure your dream.
Peace and prayers,
Tina Ward-Pugh (TNFWA)

Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 16:42:12 -0700
From: Dick Bennett <>
I am fascinated by your venture. I think that you are crazy and
wonderful. Good luck! You'll be in Brest before you know it.
            Dick Bennett, Danvers, Massachusetts

Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 18:40:43 -0400
From: Tim Fout <>
Organization: A Reader's Corner
Subject: Hi from Blake!
Hi Tori:
Hope you are doing well. All is OK at the house. Gardenia bush is in
full bloom. Godspeed.
Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 15:28:50 -0700
From: "James B. Peck" <>
Subject: Enjoy your west to east ocean adventure
I have been following your trip from the day you "shoved off". I have
found your site so interesting that I have it listed as a favorite link in my personal
site at   Having crossed the Atlantic many times in the
U.S. Navy, I know what you are experiencing and I admire your courage. You are an
inspiration to all women. Keep smiling, think of the good times and when the seas build,
hang on!! After you have reached your goal and you have kicked back and are
reviewing the guest book, please send me a message and tell me about the greatest joy on the
trip. My prayers are with you.
Jim Peck
Scottsdale, AZ

Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 13:10:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: ruth reesor <>
Subject: Tori Murden : another day another row!!!
Hi Tori,
Have you sang any of those old John Denver tunes Yet!!!
My brother had tried to contact you for another trip......but he had
to use me for your replacement because you were already busy with this
great adventure. So I canoed the Kawnaugh River in West Virginia (that
reminds me of a song...almost heaven west virginia.....) We did 44
miles that is no comparison to you . He is doing a independent study
of that river for U of L. You missed all the thrills...nothing but
the best accommodations. He said he take care of the food and
equipment.....what a joke . He brought can goods like tomato soup ,
veg. soup ,corn, and applesauce...sounds okay, but he doesn't dilutes
them or heat them up. He eats them straight out of the can...yuck.
Needless to say I made him BUY me food at the river stores.He said the
stove weighs too much...I DON'T THINK SO!!!. We went through two locks
and spent the night at the second one. He said that he would bring all
the equipment such as sleeping bags ...he brought one. He thought I
was bringing one...again nothing but the best accommodations. My
cousin is experiencing the second half of the adventure this weekend,
he still had 53 miles left to cover. So I warned my cousin bring
everything you need and want because my brother's idea of taking care
business is not close to anybody elses. I can see that your equipment
list was a lot better than mine!! Overall, the trip was a lot fun.
Don't forget with each ROW, you closer to that pizza...
P.S. say hi to Flipper for me !!! And keep those pearls polished!!!
Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 11:15:50 -0700
From: Kurt Strecker <>
Subject: My daughter watches
I hold my daughter Kristin's hand and watch you shove off on your voyage of personal
discovery. Daily we check your progress and wish you gods speed and blue sky's always.
Your words of self encouragement are heart lifting to us all. By each stroke of your
oars we are all collectively inspired. Having made adventure my life I have alerted
my network of sole mates, each now in turn with noses pressed against monitors yelling
row, row, row like some scene from Ben Hur.Jumping up and down on our desks screaming,
"ramming speed". Beat out the drum beat for you. See us at
     When you get close we will all make our plans to fly over a hail you ashore, oh great one.
I close in prayer for your safety and proud to share your triumphs with my daughter,
secure in the knowledge that she lives in an era where all things are possible for women.
Cabo Kurt Strecker
P.S. How's the fishin'?

Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 10:20:54 -0400
From: tom ozment <>
Subject: row,row,row your boat
following your trip with interest, good luck. tom ozment charlotte nc.
From: "The Haskett Family" <>
Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 10:00:02 +0000
Subject: Good luck & God be with you
I have wanted to get on line to wish you calm seas, great westerly
winds, and other workds of encouragement, but just have not.
    I hope that the weather yesterdaywas favorable. More than anything
else, I wish you God speed, and will pray that he bless you in this
undertaking. To attempt this is a feat comparable to those done at
the turn of the century. Is it erronic that you are going to achieve
this at the turn of the century again.
    Many people 20-30 years from now will stand back with amaxement and
wonder what inspired you to accomplish this.
    Again, Good luck
Kent Haskett

Date sent: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 08:14:25 -0400
From: "Elvis G. Hall" <>
Subject: success is best.
morning tori
hope all is fine . i like to ask a silly question, but do you see
sharks often do they come and go?. i like to say be very careful ....
they would be my biggest fear...we are all blowing the horns for you.
if your PC is down don't worry about it.
elvis &robbie

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