Category 'Mississippi River Trip'


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 […]


I’m Already in Louisiana

Louisiana, Missouri September 11, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: While paddling through Lock & Dam No. 24, I was informed by the Lockmaster that my next stop would be Louisiana. I quickly corrected him and told him I was nowhere near Louisiana. He told me he was referring to Louisiana, Missouri. He also warned me […]


Fort Madison to Hannibal

Hannibal, Missouri September 10, 2019Dear Family & Friends:Here’s my catch-up report.September 7-Fort Madison, Iowa to Keokuk, IowaThe journey was 21 miles. I rounded a bend in the River and heard rock and roll music blaring from a riverside restaurant and bar. I paddled in and set up my tent between the River and bar. Carver, […]


Ride em Cowboy

Fort Madison, Iowa September 6, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I’m not referring to my canoe. The 23-mile paddle from Keithsburg, Illinois to Burlington, Iowa on September 5 was tough because of the stiff headwinds. But, I scored a real break at Lock No. 18. There were 5 push boats ahead of me-two waiting to […]