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"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring
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 Murdon-page 7

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From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Re: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 21:43:07 -0500
Hi Tori,
Hope you had a great fourth of July! We are thinking of you and keep
up the good work. Your process is great and your getting closer to your
goal. Hope the weather has been good and the sea has been calm. May
God guide and lead you daily to France. Your constantly in our
thoughts and prayers. Houston has been hot with rain and the temperature is in
the low 90's instead of the high 90's. Hope your phone works soon so
we can know how things are going out there. I enjoy hearing from you and
what's Victoria doing? Until later, keep up the good work.
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, T

Date sent: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 17:46:18 -0500
From: Dan <>
Subject: Words of wonder, cheer and encouragement!
Dear Tori,
Every now and then, a modern day *explorer* begins an awesome journey.
You have done the same. I commend you on your courage and
determination. It is truly a rare occasion to find someone who not only
refuses to run with the pack, or to settle for soaring in eagle
space......but one with the vision to go beyond what other's consider
possible. You are a true example of how far we can take our God given
potential when we set our mind to it!! God's speed Tori, I'll be
checking your progress daily and eagerly anticipating your safe arrival
in Brest, France. Congratulations!! You give us all encouragement to
realize everything is possible!!
Dr. Dan Irish
Beaumont, Texas

Date sent: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 16:01:33 -0400
From: John MacMorris <>
Following your progress with interest. Good luck and Godspeed.

From: "Sue Speed" <>
Subject: whither thou goest

Date sent: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 09:54:16 -0700
Tori: I think about you each day and worry and wring my hands and am
sodamn proud of you. Hang tough, wonder woman. You're my hero!                                                                           Sue Speed

Date sent: Sat, 04 Jul 1998 21:45:47 -0400
From: default <>
Subject: Happy July 4
Keep up the good work...
Ben and Kathy Alexander
Chapel Hill, NC

From: "Jim Halford" <>
Subject: updates
Date sent: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 19:46:46 -0500
Is there no way that we nail biters out here across this country can
get more news about what is happening to Tori Murden? We understand about her telephone
problems but it would be great if we could get a little more information about this
very special woman.
Jim Halford

From ORS-- We do get regular coded messages from Tori that just say ALL OK... We share your frustration at lack of communication. Hopefully her satellite phone starts working again...

From: "David and Darlene Jones" <>
Subject: Hope your bottom is holding up
Date sent: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 15:07:43 -0400
Hi, Tori. We have been rooting for you as we follow your progress
daily. Your'e a long way from Wanchese and closer to Brest each day.
We pray for your safety and success in this crossing. Happy July 4th.
Your name is spoken frequently around home and around the boatyard.
Hope the bottom paint and you are holding up well. Courage and
Godspeed. Darlene and Dave Jones

From: "Pat Jump" <>
Subject: Hope you are doing well !
Date sent: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 12:28:25 -0400
Have enjoyed reading about your travels in the Sentinel Newspaper, from NC's
Outer Banks. Hope all is well w/ you. Best of luck !
Pat Jump
Manteo, N.C.

From: <>
Date sent: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 11:18:06 EDT
Subject: Fourth of July
Happy Fourth of July. What a way to be celebrating freedom. Maybe you will
see some Northern Light fireworks to help celebrate. Keep up your spirits and
keep rowing. Love Joyce in NJ

Date sent: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 17:34:24 -0700
From: Mike McCarthy <>
Subject: Courage
I enjoyed rowing as a child and my daughter competed in crew in high school.
I admire your courage and fortitude to undertake such a long and arduous
journey. I check every few days to see how you are doing. Keep up the good
work. Our prayers are with you.
Mike on the coast of New Hampshire

Date sent: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 18:10:13 -0500
Subject: Entire Web Page
Dear Sir,
I really enjoy your Site--All facets of it.
Please keep up the good work.
John Keplinger

From: <>
Date sent: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 22:47:43 EDT
Happy 4th of July! from Emily and Christine Riddle Louisville,KY
We are praying for your safe journey, we wish you much success.
Date sent: Thu, 02 Jul 1998 20:48:01 -0700
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Organization: Rutherford County Schools
Subject: Greetings
Tori, you are a very courageous lady to attempt such a feat. You appear
to be having a great run at your mission. I have been following your
progress daily. I sincerely wish for you a very safe and enjoyable
journey to your destination. May the Lord of the seas smile upon you
each day. Bon voyage! Clarence

Date sent: Thu, 02 Jul 1998 20:46:28 -0700
From: "charles d. ticknor" <>
Organization: ticknor leasing
I am enjoying following Tori's trip. Is she really only rowing ?
..... Charles

From: "William R. Adams" <>
Subject: Greetings
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 23:19:06 -0400
What a wonderful adventure. We will be following your progress each day.
Best of luck from Bill Adams and the rest of the Falls of the Ohio staff.

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 23:27:16 EDT
Subject: Well wishes
Love reading your entries. Keep rowing! We are pulling for you and keep you
in our prayers. We all hope your dreams come true. You are such a role model
for all young people, especially young ladies. We have two daughters and just
hope they have such goals and dreams as you have set for yourself. We will be
keeping up with your progress daily. "Go, baby, go!!"
Our best from
Bill, Kim,
Rachel, Liz Harrod

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 21:47:43 EDT
Subject: Best Wishes Tori....
We are the neighbors down the street from you in Nag's Head. We watched you
and your crew prepare for your trip and watched you leave from Oregon Inlet.
We are pleased to see that things are going well and wish you success in your

From: "Kevin Kombrink" <>
Subject: Tori's trip to France
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 16:32:20 -0500
Would it be possible for you to place an "ideal path" from U.S. to France on
the close-up/daily map? In other words it would allow us to see if she was
above or below her ideal path. It would be a great learning experience for
my children to learn about the difference of rowing a boat in an ocean
(waves & wind) vs. riding a bike on a sidewalk.
Thanks for your consideration. Good Luck to Tori!!
Kevin Kombrink
Mission Hills, Kansas

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Re: Tor's Trip
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 16:12:19 -0500
Hi Tori,
Great reading your questbook knowing how people think about your trip.
Even though your s-cell phone isn't working, it's great looking at your
progress on the maps and you are getting closer every day. Good job
increasing the nautical miles and you must have gigantic muscles
(kidding.) I hope the waves aren't high and I think of that a lot.
We'll be celebrating 4th of July this Sat. and wish we could send some
fireworks your way but I bet the stars are just as beautiful. We'll be
thinking and praying for you every day. Keep up the good work and =
out for those large boats. It's nice that they stop and chat with you
and rely msgs. to us. Have a great day and keep rowing!
Elaine Rostron
Cypress, Tx

Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 21:29:18 +0100

From: "Farris, Darnell" <>
Subject: Happy upcoming 1000 (miles)
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 15:22:32 -0400
To: Tori Murden at
cc: Jiang Liang at
From Darnell Farris
Thursday July 2, 1998
Hi Girls!
Hi Little Ms. extreme! Just wanted to wish you a Happy July 4th. The
Irony of it all - Tori representing herself and her country on a
whirlwind tour across the Atlantic, Our President in a whirlwind tour of
China, Jiang in China watching, and (hopefully), the three of us
covering the world via electronics. It's like we're right down the hall
from each other again - Which of itself was like being in different
'worlds'. I continue to pray for each of you especially Tori. Lady
you're at the big dance now doing what man searches alot of his later
years on - finding a corner of the world where words like Solitude,
God's Majesty, Awesome, Peace, no telephones( oops! My fault - thinking
aloud again ! ! ). Watch your hydration level and sheild yourself from
the sun because saltwater tears up skin. A good lightning rod wouldn't
be bad either (since the horizon is 12 miles in all directions with the
boat being the highest point). We at LDA are excited you are 'in the
groove' now. Charlie Raith passed by my office and also told me to say
hello for him!
The first reason for this timely E-mail is that I'm sure you want to
surpass 1000 miles by the end of fourth of July weekend. I wish you
well. Secondly, I wanted the two of you (Tori & Jiang), to E-Mail each
other periodically [told ya' I think globally!]. You all can talk that
E=mc 2 stuff.
As always, I'm a man of my word when I said I would write. Now we can do
three way...Again , Take Care till the next E-mail
Temperature: 89 degrees
(we're averaging two storms a week lately - some
severe. River up real high)

Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 15:14:50 -0400
I just finished my first year at college on the women's novice crew
team. I fell in love with this sport and I am inspired by your trip across
the ocean. You are an incredible role model and I am enjoying following you
on your journey. I will think of you and all that challenges you are facing
and overcoming as I deal with my own. I send you my blessings and want you
to know that you are a great source of encouragement for me. Thank you,
Alison Martin

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 16:23:36 EDT
Subject: Go Tori Go!!
Hi!! I have been following your progress since I heard a week before you left
the US. Keep up the good work!! I know your family and friends are very proud
of you, as they should be. God Bless You On Your Journey!! Ev Tougas

From: <>
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 21:47:43 EDT
Subject: Best Wishes Tori....
We are the neighbors down the street from you in Nag's Head. We watched you
and your crew prepare for your trip and watched you leave from Oregon Inlet.
We are pleased to see that things are going well and wish you success in your

From: <>Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 14:22:24 EDT
Subject: Way to Go Tori!!!
Just wanted to let you know, We at Friedman's Jewelers in Greenville, North
Carolina are cheering you on. We are tracking your journey in the store. We
wish you well.
Lots of Luck!
The Friedman Crew
Don Mertz
Angie Neimish
Valarie Wood
Brandy Capps
Dawn Sullivan
Una Thompson
Michelle Snider
Randy Wood

Date sent:     Thu, 02 Jul 1998 11:16:50 -0400
From:     Mike Dameron <>
Subject: Best Wishes
Your progress appears to be very good. I've been following the daily
updates with interest. Having lived on and around the North Atlantic
(Florida and the Keys, North Carolina, and the Azores) I am impressed
with your goal and courage to face the open sea. Please know that we
are thinking about you this weekend. Michael Dameron, Major USAF

Date sent: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 09:56:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Rowing
Hi Tori, just wanted to know where you are and what you are doing to
keep busy. Are you getting a lot of reading done? Do you have time to fix meals or
do you just call out for pizza? Good luck.
Until we talk again I bid you adios.

From: "Wallace Klein" <>
Subject: hello and good luck
Date sent: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 21:22:58 -0400
Dear Tori,
Hi this is your cousin Annie. I'm seven years old I'm going
to be in the second grade. How has your trip been. I hope your having fun. I bet you
are. I read one of your letters it said you saw 12 or 14 DOLPHINS is that really
true?. Have you seen any sharks yet?. If you have hope you were carefl. Its been
nice talking to you. Have save trip to France.

Love,your cousin Annie.

From: "Jan Manning" <>
Date sent: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 12:58:14 -0400
    Tori...Read about you in the newspaper...saw the website on the front of
your boat and looked you up. I have no earthly idea WHY you are doing
this, but I wish you godspeed...or as the saying goes today....GO GIRL!!!!

From: (Don McLaughlin)
Date sent: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 09:41:43 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Greetings:
May you have fair winds and following seas, all the way to Brest.
God Bless & Keep you safe.
RMC(SW) Don Mc Laughlin, USN (Ret)
Green Valley, AZ.

From: "Davis, Kaye" <>
Date sent: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 10:50:49 -0400
Tori-you are an inspiration to females everywhere! I hope there are plans
to make a documentary about your trip. Hopefully, it will motivate other
young females that you CAN do it if you stay focused and work hard. Hang in
there, stay safe and God Speed!
From: "anette hebebrand" <>

Date sent: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 10:04:21 PDT
hello, tori
so, we hear from other bigger vessels that you're fine but your
satellite phone is not. that is not too much fun, because your letters
have been so much fun to read. hope all is well with you and the pearl.
if you keep these daily mileages like you have been, you'll get to brest
much too fast. i wonder if that's the plan as well. knowing you i
wouldn't be surprised. hang in there. i'm with you all the time. until
soon again. i have been faxing daily updates to louise, and gwylene is
posting them at the cafe, and others hereaboutw are with you as well. do
good - enjoy -
adieu - ah

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 03:41:20 EDT
Subject: Hi!
I live in Nags Head, NC. where you launched from. My heart and prayers are
with you, you are an unbelievable woman. God Bless you, God Bless you.

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