Off the Deep End
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Off the Deep End

Off the Deep End

Off the Deep End

In a one man world, where the only standard is your standard, how do you know you haven’t lost it? You haven’t turned into the Canadian Crowhurst? You haven’t gone off the deep end?

It’s a good question and solo adventurers are asked it in one form or another all the time. Here’s my answer: My very own Crazymeter.

I love complexity cloaked in simple things. Things like sails, hi-tech rope, and blowing on a conch shell. And yes, as you might have guessed, the Rubix cube.

If I ever tire of solving it, I’ll know I’m no longer me and I need to get off the boat before I do something rash. The shoreteam also knows this so even if I don’t know I’m not me, they’ll know I’m not me and they’ll do what’s necessary to get me home and helped. It’s a lot to ask of a simplistic plastic toy I know but bear with me.

There are about 43 quintillion combinations of a 6×4 Rubix cube. That’s 43 with 19 zeros added. You could cover Great Britain a thousand times over with that many cubes. That number is also a billion times larger that all the web pages Google has indexed. I could go on but I suspect you get the point.

There are just over 420,000 solutions. 420,001 if you count peeling off the stickers. Considering the number of combinations, the number of solutions is infinitesimally small. I know exactly one and for some reason I cannot explain, I never tire of solving the cube the same way over and over again. I do know that if I did, my elevator is no longer going to the top.

If you thought I was not quite all there to be out here all by me lonesome, this just might have clinched it for you…

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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