I spoke with Joe Deverell this morning. He's not always able to grab a ringing phone, because he's actively rowing his solo expedition, but luck was on my side today.
I tried to call him last night but it went to voice mail. Later Joe wrote:
Hey Greg: Thanks for the phone calls last night - it's always a rush at the end of the day - getting as far as possible before bridges and locks shut down at 5:00pm, then I have to set up my tent, usually in the rain. Temp is 48 degrees.
It has been brutally windy and quite unsafe. I wanted to leave on mom's b-day sept 27 but this is probably too late in the year for a pleasant trip, we are moving into a winter weather pattern. The good news is that I have made incredible time (when i'm not waiting out windy periods tied to various town docks).
When I spoke with Joe this morning, he said the temperatures had been in the low 40's at times.
Keep checking in at http://www.gondolajoe.com/ as he updates the site and should have more photos and possibly even some video as well.
Stay warm Gonddola Joe!
Our prayers are with you.
I just found the article about Joe and it so happens I might be able to get out to see him as he passes through my area on the Erie canal. I'd like to paddle my kayak with him early next week. I don't have any way of contacting him. Can you either forward my email to him or send me how I can contact him privately? I can be reached at kwheely at rochester.rr.com.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Oops. I just found some contact info for Joe.
Youu're absolutely right Mr. "Anonymous" - gondola people are all a bit "touched" in the head, and anyone extreme enough to row an expedition is most likely insane
...but we're happy and we enjoy the ride.
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