Category 'Mississippi River Trip'


Andalusia Friendly

Andalusia, Illinois September 3, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: If you live in America, I hope you had a great Labor Day. After paddling through Lock & Dam No.’s  14 & 15 and traveling 25 miles, I arrived in Andalusia, Illinois. Don Brock greeted me at the marina. He was sitting in his golf cart, […]


Three Perfect Days on the River

Le Claire, Iowa September 1, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: August 30-Bellevue to Clinton I overslept and was not back on the River until 11am. I locked through Lock No. 12 and hoped to reach Clinton, Iowa by the end of the day. The conditions for paddling were perfect. A light layer of clouds provided relief […]


My First Visit from Friends

Bellevue, Iowa August 29, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Today was a special day because my dear friends, Steve and Barbara Harris, visited me in Bellevue. I enjoyed a quick trip from Dubuque to Bellevue and arrived at Lock & Dam No. 12 at 2:50pm. In Dubuque, I exited Wisconsin and entered Illinois. Iowa is […]


Back in the Washing Machine

Dubuque, Iowa August 28, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I feel like I went from the best paddling day of the trip to the worst paddling day of the trip. The journey from Sandy Bottoms-Up Campground to Dubuque was a nightmare. Even with the wind at my back, the waves were relentless and, at times, […]