Hi, Everyone. My name is Elisabeth, I’m the daughter of “Captain Ned”. As my dad paddles down the Missouri River this week, I’m going to be taking over the blog and providing you with updates so that you can track his progress and see how far he’s gone. Though, if you ask me, he’s made a heck of a lot of progress already and the race hasn’t even started yet!
To travel 340 miles in anything other than a comfy, air-conditioned, gas-powered vehicle requires a level of determination, sacrifice and physical exertion that is almost incomprehensible to me. For years my dad has encouraged me and my two brothers to seek out adventure, to do what we think is impossible, to take on the unknown. When I’ve be scared or tired, in the times when I’ve doubted myself, he’s always been there to talk me through it, to stand on the sidelines and cheer me on. Now, here we are and it’s my turn to cheer for him and I’ve never been more proud. Lately it seems as if every conversation turns into one where I’m bragging about my dad. I just can’t help myself. In fact, I think I might have gone and done it again here on the blog.
As of last night over 5,000 dollars in pledges has been raised. That’s about 15 dollars a mile which will all go the The Haitian Pilgrims! Money that we all know they so disparately need and that will keep my dad going when he’s feeling tired and sore. It’s been incredibly touching to sit and read the supportive comments from all of you. If you comment during the race, I’ll do my best to convey those messages to my dad while he’s on the river. We are all so grateful for your prayers and support.
Dad, I know you can do it! You’ve already come so far. Only 340 more miles to go! I love you and I’ll see you at the finish line!