Roz Savage Update: Hawaii In Sight!!

It’s been awhile since I posted an update on Roz Savage, the adventurous woman attempting to become the first to paddle, solo and unsupported, across the Pacific Ocean.

Currently, she’s 95 days into the first stage of her trip, and according to the latest update on her website, she has now passed the line of longitude of Hilo, meaning that she is nearing in on her destination of Waikiki on the island of Oahu. Roz says she can’t quite see the island yet, but just knowing that it’s close makes her feel better. She should make landfall in the next day or two, bringing a much deserved rest.

Roz is rowing the Pacific in stages, with Stage 1 consisting of a 2324 mile paddle from San Francisco to Hawaii. With that stage nearly wrapped up, she’ll now come home and rest and recuperate before heading back out onto the water sometime next year to row from Hawaii to Tuvalu Island, a distance of 2620 miles. Finally, in 2010, she’ll hit the Pacific waters one more time, and travel from Tuvalu to Australia, another 2324 miles. No word on whether or not when she reaches Australia, she ever plans on crossing another body of water ever again.

It’s interesting to note, that in today’s blog post, Roz says that she has been listening to Jules Verne’s classic story Around The World in 80 Days. That seems like a fitting story for an adventure like this one. And I have to agree with her, seminal literary character Phileas Fogg is an excellent role model for the adventurer in all of us.

Congrats on reaching Hawaii Roz! You’re one third of the way to your goal!

Kraig Becker

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