The Silent Heroes tour started 12:00 from the Oslo Opera. I really appreciated the fabulous turnout of well wishers. It meant a lot to me. I said my goodbyes thinking most about the unknown ahead of me. The winds picked up around 1.5 hours into the paddle and waves and headwind slowed me down. Managed only 27 km, thus far short of my first day expectation. Found a little island set up tent and slept pretty quickly.