488 Photos - Aug 10, 2012
Photo: You can see France in the distance!Video: Photo: First time overlooking the channel from the Capel cliffs.Photo: I can't believe I'm here!Photo: Entrance to Varne RidgePhoto: Varne Ridge, the best place to stay if your swimming the channel!Photo: You can't just show up, you need to book it.Photo: Those that stay at Varne Ridge and swim the channel get their names posted on site!Photo: For a few months, Julieann gave me online workouts and tips for planning my swim.Photo: David Barra, a famous open water swimmer in New York.Photo: Penny Palfrey, a very famous open water swimmer.Photo: The car we rented.Photo: Colm Braithwaite's trailerPhoto: The trailersPhoto: Mom, Dad and Jacob stayed in number 11Photo: The trailer that Josh, Cathi, Austin and myself stayed in.Video: English Channel SlideshowPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Paul Foreman, Pilot and Captain of the Pace Arrow explains a few simple rules before we board.Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cathi and Jacob were awesome support!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Alan Neves @ KSL.comPhoto: Courtesy of Alan Neves @ KSL.comPhoto: Courtesy of Alan Neves @ KSL.comPhoto: Courtesy of Alan Neves @ KSL.comPhoto: Courtesy of Alan Neves @ KSL.comPhoto: Courtesy of Alan Neves @ KSL.comVideo: Video: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Alan Neves was the only one to capture a decent picture of me crawling onto the rocks at France.  Not the most graceful moment ever.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: "Fart Knocker" - new word we learned.Photo: Dover CastlePhoto: View from the top of Dover CastlePhoto: View from the top of Dover CastlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Dover Harbour from Dover CastlePhoto: View of the Channel from the top of the castlePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Video: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Dover Harbour and petting Newfoundland on the walkway.Photo: Josh, Freda Streeter and myself two days after (Saturday morning) I finished my swim.Photo: Meeting the King of the Channel, Kevin Murphy.  On Saturday morning at Dover HarbourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Video: Video: Video: Photo: Video: Video: The top of Dover CastleVideo: View of Dover from the top of the castle.  Also seeing Cathi, Austin, Jacob and Mom in the inner garden.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: This is the afghan that my Mother made me in High School, which was the "inception" of my idea.  I asked for me swimming in a pool with lane lines.  But she made it look like the ocean.  That's what got my wheels turning in my head.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Me and Captain Jean Luc Picard.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: He actually looks a little frail from what I imagined.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cathi loves Nadal.Photo: Jacob and the BoltPhoto: Photo: Photo: We got the royal treatment on our trip!Photo: Photo: Jacob and Justin BieberPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some of the escalators down the tubes were long!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Tracking down Gordon Gridley Antiques, but nobody was home.  Perhaps he died.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: For lunch, Austin ate this HUGE hamburger that included a fried egg.  After he pulled the long wooden jabber out of the top and bit down on it, the egg yoke came spilling out the hole in the top of the bun, and mom about threw up!  Then halfway into his burger he pulled a long hair out of his meat.  That was enough to actually make Cathi throw up what was in her mouth.  It was hilarious.Photo: Photo: The other Gordon Gridley who sells antiques in London wasn't home.  Dang it!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Me and Nick Adams swimming at the Serpentine Swimming Club in Hyde Park.Photo: Photo: The Serpentine Swimming club is one of the oldest swimming clubs in the world. After every Saturday race, they have a prize for the winner and a drawing for a prize, sponsored by someone and also includes a memorial of a past member or board member who has passed away.  It was awesome meeting so many other Channel swimmers too!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Leaving for the airport.  Last time on the "tube"Photo: Photo: Passing over Greenland.  Lots of beautiful lakes which I'm sure were freezing!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Paul's Log of the swim including GPS coordinates.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Good luck Kiss. My favorite part.