I've been following Sarah Outen who's rowing across the Pacific as part of a 'round the world by human power' trip.
She had to give up her last attempt after a typhoon wrecked her boat.
Anyway, she's been at sea since the end of April and her most recent tweets made me think.
Happy Socks loved the surfing this morning. Great workout and lots of fun.
Rough and bouncy and not much fun. Chimpy going a bit ape.Trying to keep him calm. Waves crashing all over the boat.
Capsized this afternoon.Hope not many more.
Have horrid sense we have lost the rudder.Have2 wait4 calmer seas to check.
Rudder definitely gone. Will make steering harder and course wobblier, I imagine.
I'm pretty firmly in the 'go for it' camp. I think the psychology of it is fascinating. Reading about her being stuck in the tiny cabin for a week due to rough weather makes you realise that the biggest challenge is mental, not physical - I can't imagine spending 4 months in a space the size of a hiking tent.
Clearly modern technology probably helps with the feelings of isolation etc but I don't think it takes anything away from the challenge.
So, should we pleased that someone else is rowing across the Pacific and telling us what it's like so we don't have to or is the whole venture just silly.
(she's @sarahouten on twitter - have a look at her timeline - it's fascinating)