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Sitting in Dover…Laughing my bum off.

June 24, 2009

Since arriving in Dover, I have pretty much been laughing, which turns out to be a great distraction.  Unlike last time I was here, there are actually a bunch of swimmers in town.  I think that this is mainly because I’m here at the beginning of the season rather than the last part of the season. 

The days have been beautifully sunny if just a little windy.  I spend most of the day lounging on swimmers beach listening to some hard to believe but true channel stories.  Most of them just have me cracking up.   It definitely makes up for my ornery digestive system and lack of sleep.  My biggest worries these days are not to fry myself to bits due to the sun.  Thankfully I packed at least a gallon of sunscreen.  (Note: I now know where all my 50lbs of packing went 🙂 )

On the beach, I’ve repeatedly been told that I didn’t get value for my money on my last swim because it was over too quickly.  I’m just happy to be accepted by such amazing people.  I believe the quote from dinner last night that still makes me laugh is “I only work there so I don’t feel ugly.”  Now that is a reason to have a job 🙂 

Yesterday I also had the opportunity to watch Rick complete a beautiful 6 hour swim.  He look as strong at the finish as he did at the beginning.  And to my knowledge there was minimal (if no) complaining at all.  What an accomplishment!  For the record, this wasn’t his first 6 hour swim, but it was still great to watch (even if I did have to take a sun break.  Dang this red hair and freckles!). 

Mostly I’ve been hanging out with Emma France, Rick Selway and Michelle Toptalo.  They all have such amazing stories.  People often wonder why I return to certain swims and the people are the main reason.  Where else can you find a group of “eccentric” (Rick’s word) of people who all share in the same goal of swimming long distances?  I know most of you would replace Rick’s word with crazy.  I suppose we are a little bit of that too. 

Rumor has it that the tide looks good.  I’m calling Reg, my boat pilot, this evening to let him know I’m in town and get an idea of the potential swim date.  I’ve reached out to Leroy again to see if he would be willing to update my blog during the swim.  He has tentatively agreed…that is if he doesn’t have something better come up first. 

Thank you so much for all the well wishes.  Your support continues to humble me and buoy me up.  Looks like we are in for another crazy adventure together.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.


6 Responses to “Sitting in Dover…Laughing my bum off.”

  1. Alyssa Hall says:

    Hey Michelle!!! I am wishing you the best and know you will do great. Round two here we go! I am excited to hear about your swim and how it went. Good Luck! Have Fun! Alyssa

  2. Ken McCarthy says:

    Just letting you know that I’m sitting here at Nike World Headquarters, drinking from my massive 32oz. coffee cup and eating the Luna and Cliff bars you left at your desk (those were for us to eat right?), and following the action on line! We are all cheering for you!

  3. ann says:

    Hey Michelle,

    it was such a fantastic stroke of luck to run into you at the parade nearly 2 weeks ago. i am now just checking out your website as i have been thinking about you. your mothers presence will be felt like never before. may you draw from her love every stroke, every breath.

    looking forward to catching up when you return. so many are so proud—of you, your efforts, your cause and your courageous heart

    Ann Schatz

  4. Jennifer says:

    Right on! You are an inspiration. Can’t wait to hear/read all about the swim! 🙂

  5. Joan Barry says:

    I wouldn’t miss it for anything! All the Barry clan is cheerin’ for you!

  6. Rick says:

    Hiya ….Miss amazing swimmer…We did have fun & you had some wonderful stories of your own. I was so pleased you all allowed me to be a hairy “girl” for those two weeks.

    You are a star & your swim was brilliant.

    For those of you who do not know, michelle had some really bad weather conditions to contend with during her swim…….This will come as a shock to many of you, as I know Michelle would never tell you all about that……This is the channel…You go girl….

    Huge Hugs from your Aussie beach bum friend. xx

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