Archive Sep. 2019

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Sep

Big Day on the Big Muddy

Across the River from Chester, Illinois September 19, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Today was a huge day for me. Because of the fast current, I was able to average 7.5 mph and covered 50 miles from Kimmswick, Missouri to an island in Missouri across from Chester, Illinois. Before today’s journey, I was averaging 25 […]

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Sep

Loopers

Hoppies Marina Kimmswick, Missouri September 18, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Before departing St. Louis on September 18, I visited the famous courthouse where the Dred Scott case began. Dred Scott was a slave who sued for freedom for himself and his wife, Harriet, and their two daughters. The case ended up in the United […]

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Sep

Life or Death in the Chain of Rocks

St. Louis, Missouri September 17, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: On September 15, I paddled 16 miles to Alton Illinois. After securing my canoe at the local marina, I checked into a hotel. I had a great dinner at Fast Eddie’s Bar & Grille, a venue recommended by the Bosler Family. September 16 was the […]

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Sep

Midwest Resiliency

Grafton, Illinois September 14, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: September 12 was a melancholy day on the River as I traveled from my tent camp just South of Hamburg, Illinois to an RV trailer park in Golden Eagle, Missouri. What put me in a funk was the devastation caused by the recent flooding of the […]