A final voyage of hope and faith
When time is short, people with terminal illnesses can choose any number of ways to mark their final days. Gib Peters opted for a solo Intracoastal Waterway cruise aboard a 24-year-old, 29-foot Wellcraft Sportsbridge named Ka Ching. He departed Key West bound for New York City — and back again.
“Gib’s Odyssey: A Tale of Faith and Hope on the Intracoastal Waterway” (2011, Lyon’s Press, $22.95 hardcover, 213 pages) is author Walter G. Bradley’s account of the 68-year-old Floridian’s search for one last adventure and time for reflection. Bradley, a neurologist who treated Peters for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, grew to consider him a friend.
The book recounts Peters’ six-month, 7,500-nautical-mile voyage through his voice, culled from a series of e-mails to family and friends and articles he wrote for the Key West Citizen. The result is a travelogue with a sense of humor and a meditation on life that runs throughout the book.
Peters encounters some characters along the way and clearly enjoys
documenting his mishaps – stabbing himself while freeing a fouled prop, inciting a military response by mistakenly entering a naval bombardment zone — and successes — reveling in the journey, which he completed shortly before his passing.
This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue.