Around the World in 80 Days
Day 40: 3 November
I find a gym with table tennis, some weights and a rowing machine, and row for a quarter of an hour. At least I can say I've rowed across the South China Sea. I even manage a run on deck. I get soaked with spray every time I pass the bows, which is most refreshing.
The captain has to admit that the current is running against us and has forced a cut of one and a half knots per hour and our ETA in Hong Kong is now 2 a.m. on November 5. But we are still in less of a crisis than Fogg, whose vessel had also hit strong Northwesterlies and Passepartout had begun to panic:
'Until then everything had moved on so well! Land and sea seemed to be devoted to his master. Steamers and railways obeyed him. Wind and steam combined to favour his journey. Had the hour of mistakes finally sounded?' On the Diamond the only precautions the captain advises is that not more than two of us should use the lift at the same time.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 40
- Date: 3 November
- Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
- Place: South China Sea
- Book page no: 128
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