I know many of you have been following along with this recent expedition I have been on to help Mike paddle the Mississippi River and obtain the title of solo-speed record. That journey has come to an end for me. I know there will be a lot of questions and some confusion about this decision but it had to be made. This is one of the hardest decision I have made in my short 25 years. I know a lot will be said about me backing out of this and how my age might play a role, or that I am a girl, or that I am new to all of this and could not handle it. None of those things are true. My only fear in leaving this expedition is that it may hinder future expeditions. It may show others a weakness in me that they do not want to be associated with. I have weighed all of these concerns and fears and came to the decision that I don't want these fears to keep me in a position that makes me unhappy and continuously made me feel belittled.
It was not just one thing or one person who is at fault and I truly wish Mike the best in everything he does. I want to apologize over and over to my family and friends and supporters. I have a fear of dissapointing those that have hoped and prayed for me these last few weeks. I'm sorry that I couldn't finish this journey and that me not finishing hurts someone else's dreams and ambitions. I am not sorry for myself though. I made the choice that was right for me and best for me. I know that is selfish as support crew member but in the end it was made.
I refuse to bash or blame. All I can say is I hope to see you and hear from you all on my next adventure. Thank you all again for everything!