FROM 2-12. Lisbon-Equator

0700 Oct 12

Position 3154 01625, trip 1387 so 120/24hr

We passed the Madeira Islands during the night – only saw the loom of Funchal about 40 miles away. Now heading towards the Canaries trying to stay in the little band of northerly wind that extends about 200 miles off the African coast. The books say this is a cold current and it flows south – the water temp is 28 deg and we seem to have a knot against us. Hmmm.

Dare I say it? Wood firmly grasped – we seem to be out of the door – perhaps 4 k in a marathon and just finding a rhythm. This is day 5 out of Lisbon and the stress of the last few weeks is beginning to wash away – long may it last. About 2100 miles to the Equator and the ITCZ. And I think it's time to thank all those people who have helped us get this far – no lists cos they would be way too long – you know who you are. Come join us for a meal at the Restaurant in the middle of the Universe – beautiful waterside location, supported by probability waves and decorated with super strings, all colour coded. Like all restaurants, it has a 6 cat rating on Fatboy Gruntgurgler's Schrodinger scale in the Guide. To discover its real rating you'll have to open some boxes. Or just try the food..

Mars up there with the Moon, Venus and Saturn just above the coming sunrise. Loverly.

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