I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.

Monday, January 12, 2015

What? Another Injury?

Bad news.  My shoulder was hurting near the end of my paddle last Wednesday.  I was so glad I was taking five days off to go to Chapel Hill to visit schools, churches, a retirement center, a radio station and supporters house parties.    Sharing the stories of Safe Passage instead of kayaking was a welcome rest that I had hoped would cure my shoulder.

But after the five days, the pain is still enough to make it hard to sleep.  So I've decided I need to rest a little longer.

Tuesday's route to McClellanville, SC would have been the longest day of the entire expedition and without any possibility of bailing out if needed.  I would be going with a strong current for the first few hours.  Turning around to go back would be virtually impossible, even if I was feeling fit.  Carrying on would mean paddling through miles of unpopulated marshes, with no marinas or road access.  Not a good plan for an injured kayaker.

So I will get a ride for me and my kayak from Georgetown to McClellanville, rest another two days, and then paddle a very short day to Buck Hall.  If that goes well, I will carry on.  If not, then I'll have to think about other options.  What about "designated paddlers"?  Anyone want to paddle a day or so for me?


  1. Praying for a speedy recovery so that you can continue this important awareness mission. Scott from Maine

  2. Sending healing thoughts and prayers, Deb!!

  3. I'm sorry, Deb! Take care of yourself. Kathy :o)

  4. So sorry to hear about your shoulder! Sure hope you can truly REST and not let your righteous desire and "the schedule" overly run things~
    AND best wishes to find some paddling company!

  5. Deb, we would be happy to offer therapeutic assistance for your recovery, donating our services in support of your cause. Our program has speedy and effective results so you can readily return to your journey in comfort, if you can spend a few days with us in our Maine location. See www.accesshealthrenewal.com for more info. Best wishes, Ariel