Thursday, June 07, 2007

June 6, 2007 - Pacific Crossing, Day 4

During Sten's watch last night we crossed paths with a large cloud mass. He saw windspeeds of 20 knots for a few minutes, then as we came out the other side, the wind disappeared, as though the cloud had sucked up all the wind out of the surrounding area. We flopped about for a bit then he turned on the engine so that I could sleep. I'm like a baby being driven around the block in a car with that thing - turn it on and I'm out like a light. When I got up this morning the purplish grey cloud mass, the color of black Necco wafers, was still behind us causing the wind to swirl around, changing direction and speed. Although we are now at 06 degrees south, it is still a bit fickle. We were hoping to have more consistent winds at this latitude.

We are still not that far west. For reference, when we arrived in the Galapagos, we were in line with Jackson, Mississippi. Today we are on a parallel with Houston, at 096 degrees west.

We found more wasabi in the stores and Sten pickled some ginger, so the sushi crisis has been averted. The overripe produce of the day is bananas - the port stateroom may never be the same. So we are on a mission to use them up as fast as possible. This morning, Sten made banana pancakes, and I currently have a loaf of banana nut bread in the oven. We're also still working through that yellowfin tuna. Lunch was grilled tuna steaks with wasabi ginger finishing sauce and dinner is going to be a tuna picata recipe sent to us by one of our our readers - thanks! Clearly, we are not going to starve out here.

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