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    Question - "What does having a dream mean to you?"
    Answer - "A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished,
    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004
     

    Image: Peter Bird Peter Bird

    Great Pacific Race
    May 23, 2016    
    I just was asked to row from California to Hawaii as part of a race. The route will be from Monterey Bay to Honolulu. Louis Bird will be my partner on our two person rowboat. See: Great Pacific Race.

    Louis, whose partner had to pull out for health reasons, is the son of Peter Bird. In a way, he will be able to better understand his father's motivations by doing this ocean row. This article about Peter on the Ocean Rowing Society website mentions Louis.

    Peter was a pioneer of ocean rowing until 1996 when he was lost at sea trying to row from Vladivostok to California. When I launched on the Pacific from Bodega Bay in 2007, all of his friends from Sonoma County became my instant supporters, then we placed Peter's logo on the side of my rowboat which I carried on all my ocean crossings since.

    The race starts on June 4th, weather pending. This is a very tight timeline, I have to get a lot done between now and then. I intend to drive down from Seattle with supplies and my share of gear on June 1. This Pacific row will be a profound experience for both Louis and me, helping us find deeper meaning in this sport.

    I will have more updates leading up to our departure. At this time, Louis tells me that he has about about 10,000 USD budget shortfall. We hope to raise that this summer so this young man is not saddled with an undue burden as a result.

    Erden.

    Previous Dispatches
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    "Row For Peace" cancelled    Feb 14, 2016
    It is with regret that I announce the cancellation of our "Row for Peace" endeavor. After fighting to clear the Long Island shores from New York last May, after just over a week at sea, the struggle

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    About to launch from New York – "Row For Peace"    May 20, 2015
    After a period of preparations, I drove a rental truck with my rowboat in tow across the USA from Seattle to New York. My high school coach Al Rosner who helped shape my adolescence with sports, was w

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    Upcoming expedition -- NY to Gallipoli Memorial Row    March 18, 2015
    The modern republics of Turkey, Australia and New Zealand trace their national awakening from crumbling empires to one significant battle in World War One: the Gallipoli Campaign. So significant, that


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