The atmosphere aboard is lighter in this good weather and people’s thoughts are naturally turning to home or wherever else they’re off to next. As for me, I am eager to get back, but also sad that this amazing trip is coming to an end. It’s been full of surprises. I expected to be cold, possibly very cold—and I hate that. Except for the snowy horseback ride in Chile, when I got wet, I was never as cold as I remember being on many occasions in upstate New York. Long underwear and layers, as well as good technical gear—my DuBarry sea boots, polarized glasses and goggles from Australian manufacturer Barz Optics, Omni Heat clothing from Columbia, and Under Armour boot socks, kept me ready for anything and toasty. The Suunto Elementum Ventus wristwatch, with its barometer and compass, was fantastic. I didn’t just wear it—I used it, all the time. And being able to keep in touch with the Iridium 9555 was a real luxury.