Teacher rowing across the North Atlantic gets closer to his goal with each passing day

CINCINNATI -- It’s been almost a month since Seven Hills biology teacher Bryce Carlson set out to row across the North Atlantic solo. He’s already completed 1,350 miles. 

“I’m now working harder,” Carlson said via satellite phone. “I’m trying to row more miles per day, and that’s putting new strains on my body and having to manage that is now becoming a challenge.”

On June 27, Carlson began his journey on the Canadian coast to become the first American to row solo across the North Atlantic. His ultimate destination is Penzance, England.

“If this pace holds, you know, I’m looking at maybe two weeks, two weeks left,” Carlson said.

Carlson has already withstood the remnants of a hurricane, dealt with capsizing and consistent fog.

“Coming in, I felt pretty reasonably prepared to get through the expedition safely, and I think so far so good,” Carlson said.

Carlson is using his Facebook page and website to allow followers to post questions about his adventure. 

“I’m able to interact with people and it makes me feel a lot more part of the community than just me out here isolated doing my own thing,” Carlson said. 

He plans on starting a new feature for kids called ‘Bryce Wants to Know,’ where he will ask them questions and give them the opportunity to research and submit answers. He also has a message for his students; he hopes they’re getting as much out of summer vacation as he is. 

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