Category Archives: River Journal

September 28, 2010–Vicksburg, MS

Conditions continue to be favorable for river travel.  With the tailwind my speed approaches 7 mph.  As I headed to shore to break for lunch I experienced another mechanical failure of my mirage drive peddle system.  This time, the bike … Continue reading

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September 27, 2010–Past Ajax Bar (Mile 480)

Helpful tailwind again, sunny and warm.  Countryside similar to yesterday.  Very little barge traffic, allowing me to spend my day in peaceful contemplation and reverie.  I have made certain to make camp on a leeward shore tonight! I should have … Continue reading

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September 26, 2010–Greenville, MS

Was awakened late last night by the yammering of numerous coyotes, sounding very near.  I got out of my tent to howl back at them, which had the effect of silencing them.  I could not see them, but they seemed … Continue reading

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September 25, 2010–Smith Point (Mile 600)

Despite last night’s revelry I was able to rise early and be on the river shortly after 7 am.  It is nearly dark by 7 pm now, so I must make the most of my available daylight. I was informed … Continue reading

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September 24, 2010–Helena, AR

It was exceptionally hot today, upper 90s, with little breeze.  I made it to Helena before peak heat, but by the time I had lunch and refilled my water and provisions it had become so stifling that I found it … Continue reading

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September 23, 2010–Walnut Bend (mile 681)

Winds very high today, around 20 mph gusting to 30 mph.  It creates incredible chaos on the surface, as though I were traveling in a basin which had been sloshed a few times, the waves rebounding off the banks and … Continue reading

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September 11 to 15, 2010–Memphis, TN

My impressions of this city are unanimously positive.  I have found the inhabitants to be some of the most friendly, cheerful, and gregarious of anywhere I’ve visited.  The depth of musical history represented by Sun Records and Stax Studios alone … Continue reading

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September 10, 2010–Memphis, TN

The day was filled with exuberance in anticipation of my arrival in Memphis, and was heightened by the skyline’s appearance on the horizon.  A strong headwind picked up, making the last two hours of approach very laborious and extra interminable … Continue reading

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September 9, 2010–Osceola, AR

Very freshened by last night’s shower and bed.  The river has now become incredibly serpentine.  I scarcely traveled two miles in the same direction.  It rained for several hours in the morning, but it was a warm rain and with … Continue reading

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September 8, 2010–Caruthersville, MO

Today was very peaceful.  Though overcast and occasionally drizzling, there was but little wind.  Thus the river was placid and flat.  It is a clear indication of what chaos the wind causes on the surface.  I had breakfast in New … Continue reading

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