My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
In 2008 I returned to India to revisit some people and places I’d met on my 2000-mile walk along the holy River Ganges in 1983-84.
Reaching the source of the river in 1984, the end of my seven months walk, was certainly a special time; I felt and still feel a special bond with the river, and was therefore very keen to revisit the mouth of the glacier above Gangotri in 2008. Unfortunately the area was officially closed when I reach Gangotri, the pilgrimage centre well below the glacier. I knew I’d never receive permission to go up to Gau Mukh, so I waited until 3 am then tiptoed past the sleeping guards at the locked gates and hurried up the rocky path by the light of the moon.