Was awakened after three hours of sleep, around 2 am, and compelled to move my tent to slightly higher ground. No rain fallen, but it obviously had some effect upstream of me. As soon as it was light enough, around 4:30, I rose and hastily made my way out on the river.
Generally uneventful day, not passing any real townships or points of interest. I am very glad to have brought a VHF radio on this expedition, as it greatly facilitates communication with the Lockmaster. I have found, with proper notice, they are most accommodating in allowing me to slip through in between barges. I was so thrilled to encounter these locks initially, as it meant the end of my tedious portages. However, I now find the delays they often create to be a frustration and I look forward to their coming to an end.
Have seen a few deer lately—the only substantial creatures, save birds, in some time. The temp was well into the upper 90s today, and with no shade and not a breath of breeze, was quite unbearable. It was only by continually splashing river water upon my skin that I was able to continue. Arrived in Grafton just as the heat was peaking, and laundered my tainted articles. I now must wait to see if the vile poison ivy has infected me.
DAY 38: 47 mi. 1 Lock