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27
Sep

Shake, Rattle & Roll in New Madrid

New Madrid, Missouri September 26, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: September 25 was a tough day on the River. The strong headwinds erased the benefit of the weak current. Two hours out of Hickman, the rain started. No problem, I can paddle in the rain. Then, a lightning bolt lit up the darkened sky and […]


25
Sep

The Essential Goodness of Humanity

Hickman, Kentucky September 25, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Every day brings a new adventure and a reaffirmation of the essential goodness of humanity. Phil drove me to Fort Defiance Park where I was able to see the confluence of the Ohio River and the Mississippi River. Then, he gave me a tour of Cairo, […]


25
Sep

Monster Day on the Mighty Mississippi

Bell City, Missouri September 24, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I launched from Cape Girardeau at 10am into a swift current with the wind at my back. It was my best River day of the trip. Eight and one-half hours later, I arrived in Cairo, Illinois. This was a 52-mile day! I also reached my […]


23
Sep

Cape Girardeau-Part 2

Cape Girardeau, Missouri September 22, 2019Dear Family & Friends: Phil Brinson lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Tom Kettering, Rick Dryer and I met Phil decades ago while river rafting on the Colorado River. We bonded immediately and became close friends. Cape Girardeau is the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis, Tennessee. It is home […]


23
Sep

Cape Girardeau-Part 1

Cape Girardeau, Missouri September 22, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 58 miles downstream from my tent camp near Chester, Illinois, was my next destination, but it wasn’t easy getting there. About 30 miles downstream, the cable connecting my foot pedal to my rudder broke again. Fortunately, it happened near Grand Tower Illinois. […]


19
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 […]


19
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 […]


18
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 […]


17
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 […]


11
Sep

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 […]