People do the craziest things... for the best reasons.

I just heard about this guy. He is going to row across the atlantic, solo, to raise money for melanoma research (in memory of his mother).

Yeah, when we first heard that we thought it sounded crazy. Then we met him, and he talked to us about his planned trip a little bit. We still think it is crazy. And brave and admirable. And crazy.

Check it out. He is going to row across the Atlantic, from Africa to South America, starting mid-December. Solo. No one following him. No one leading him. No engines or anchors or sails. Just him, a boat, and a couple of oars.

And lots and lots of food, electronic equipment, solar-powered desalinator, GPS, back up GPS, backup back-up GPS, a sextant (the back-up back-up back-up GPS), a satellite phone, and... hopefully- a lifejacket.

His biggest obstacle during all his preparation? Getting fat enough to have energy stores for the physical exertion.

Man, how often do you hear people complain that they can't get fat enough?

Anyway, he wanted to do something in honor of his mother. He isn't a scientist, or an MD, but he is a rower. So he will row. So far he has spent a lot of money preparing for this effort, but hopefully people will start donating for his cause. His goal is $500,000.

I hope he makes it. Back, that is.


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