An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life

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McGraw-Hill, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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"A story to inspire the disabled, and in fact all people, to dream and set sights well past their comfort zone."­­Christopher Reeve The inspiring tale of a voyage across the Atlantic Paralyzed from the chest down when she was thrown from a horse, Liz might have sunk into a twilight of self-pity but for her indomitable spirit. She met and eventually married Pete Fordred, who had been paralyzed in a car accident. With no prospects in the beleaguered Rhodesia of 1980, they formed a crazy plan: to build a boat and sail around the world. That they were broke, were disabled, had never sailed, and lived 1,000 miles from the ocean in a country where boat equipment was almost impossible to obtain wouldn't stop them.An Ocean to Cross is a tale of courage, self-empowerment, and ultimate triumph. Liz Fordred's most eloquent answers to a storm of nay-saying were her seemingly inexhaustible reservoirs of fortitude and optimism, and an amazing marriage that grew stronger with each new obstacle. This good-humored and forthright narrative tells the inspiring story of how she and Pete worked tirelessly together to rebuild their lives against all odds, and ultimately sailed to a new life in America.

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Liz and Pete FordredDboth paraplegics paralyzed by accidents in their youthDdreamed of sailing across the Atlantic from their native Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) to America in a boat they would build ... Read full review


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Liz Fordred and her husband, Pete, reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with their daughter, Jane. They own and operate a thriving small-engine repair business. Susie Blackmun is a freelance nonfiction writer. A one-time ocean voyager, she has sailed 50,000 miles.

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