So, there I was, laying out my plans for 2011. I had started training to become the first person to cross the English Channel on horseback, but I was having difficulty finding a company to sponsor me. Given my reputation as a water-walker, several firms indicated they would sponsor me to walk it, but I have never been one to do things the easy way.
Scratch the horse idea.
Then it hit me. I’ve decided to retrace the footsteps of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl in his quest to travel from Peru to Pacific Polynesia on a raft made from natural materials. His book Kon-Tiki narrates his 101 day journey.
But since balsa wood is scarce, I will need some other readily available material I can lash together to build my vessel. (Have you figured out where this is headed?)
With so many broken EHRs littering the dustbins, I figured why not? I bought them for pennies on the million and had them shipped to the seaport of Callao. I hired a few systems integrators to integrate the various platforms; McKesson and EPIC formed the major components of the hull, and several copies of AllScripts served as decking.
Launch is set for April 1 of this year. My backup plan in case this fails is to use all of the unclaimed ARRA money, convert it into single dollar bills, and lay it on the water in front of me, bill by bill, for 4,000 miles. I know this is a bit extravagant, but I hate to see all that money go to waste.