Day 39: Bill And Ben

08.02.09:

I was going to work late into the evening, but I ended up crashing out at about nine like a big sissy. But that’s alright – I woke up at 4am, made sure Mandy was alright after hearing about the terrible bush fires in Australia, watched the latest episode of ‘Lost’ on youtube (hurrah for YouTube!) and got on (finally) with editing Week 4.

There is just so much stuff I had to edit out – exactly four hours and fifty minutes worth of stuff! For this reason, I’m going to be editing and uploading The Odyssey Encounters – snippets of the people I’ve met on the road and other random stuff. I hope you all enjoy them as they filter out…

Kerri and Andrew woke at about 9am – Andrew, the hero he is, made breakfast – beans, hash brown, SAUSAGES!! Bliss.

We had a good chat about the remaining logistics for the Caribbean and I’ve decided it’s best to attack the Bahamas from Florida rather than Dominican Republic.

I also got to meet their friends from the US – Bill and his young son Ben (as in the flowerpot men) randomly pulled up alongside the Mariposa to say hello – the yachties have got a great little community over here, they all know at least a few people on each island they visit. I like that.

But before long I was in the dingy saying my goodbyes to Andrew and Kerri as I headed off to Oyster Pond to hitch my lift to the British Virgin Isles.

I’m now aboard Vivo Libre with Sylvie, my French captain, Cyril a fellow freerider (and fellow couchsurfer) and Terry, an Irish skipper who has lived in St. Martin for the last seventeen years. The sails are up, the boat is rocking and rolling all over the shop, it’s very cloudy, but the moon is fat and bright and tomorrow I will wake in Tortola, the main British Virgin Island. One step closer to Panama.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Cisco

    Hope the trip is going well. Sorry we did not get to meet up for drinks in the evening in St Vincent, got caught up with work. i have given u the details of my apartments in st Lucia. i can see u have moved on quite a distance since then. Hope it all continues to go well.

  2. Matt

    “I thought I’d take a break from sleeping, as it’s hurting too much.” Classic line mate.

    The Caribbean is the Hemel Hempstead of the world, basically travelling quicksand. Get to the good bits of the world and it’ll all take off.

  3. TJ

    Graham,

    Ran into your videos on youtube, awsome journey! if you land in maryland and need a place to stay let me know, cant wait for the next episode.

  4. Kathryn

    I found your epic journey while browsing through our beloved YouTube.
    Pretty much haven’t stopped watching/reading your blogs since.
    I have to say you are an amazing man. Truly inspiring.

    Your cause is a great one.
    Thank you so much,
    Pleaseeeee don’t give up
    Kathryn.

    (I hope your Mandy is okay, I’m in Melbourne, Australia and the fires are truly devastating. It’s been a horrible week here.)

  5. Jamie

    Hey there, Graham! I’m so inspired by your travels. It’s a dream of mine to travel the globe one day. I’m an avid writer and reader, and I’m absolutely fascinated by you, your cause, your stories, your humor… wow! Great work! I’m currently figuring out a way to donate.

    I know it seems a long, long ways away right now, but when you’re in Canada, if you by chance hit up Alberta, let me know. I doubt you will, but there’s tons of people here supporting you! Canada kicks ass; you’ll love it! And you’ll probably land somewhere were the weather’s improved more than it is now!

    Anyways, everyone here is rooting for you! Don’t forget all the support and love you have coming to you from ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    Sincerely,
    Jamie

    P.S. – I’ve got a ton o’ Welsh & other Brit blood in me. High five!

  6. Chris

    Been following your journey with interest since stumbling accross your videos on Youtube. Well, I say stumbling…it was on the front page so it wasn’t that hard! Your are taking a truely epic adventure. I wish you all the very best and I will certainly be donating towards your cause. I love travelling, but a trip of this magnitude is just incredible. Unique even! Good luck, I’ll be keeping my eye on your blog! Hope you don’t get any more setbacks!

    Chris (Newcastle, UK)

  7. Gord

    what happened to the updates?

  8. Adriana

    Hi,

    I too stumbled across your adventure on youtube and am very fascinated by them. I have travelled a fair amount and look forward to discovering more corners of the world as time, money and opportunity permit.

    I am Canadian, but currently living in Germany. If you happen to lack contacts in Germany, which I think is highly unlikely, you are most welcome to stay with me in Bremen.

    I see that you have had many adventures and struggles in the Caribbean. I lived in Cameroon, West Africa for 4 years and can tell you that your challenges do not end in the Caribbean! Although, I am sure that you are very aware of that. One thing that I loved about living in Cameroon is that traveling is always filled with adventure and unpredictable situations. If you need contacts or suggestions of where to stay in Cameroon when you are getting close to it, feel free to contact me.

    I wish you all the best in your journey.

    Adriana

  9. Traveller Todd

    I’m going to be amazed when you try and travel through the Pacific. After living on Tonga for three years and Nauru for 6 months, It will be remarkable if you can get to Nauru, pray for yachties!!!

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