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Zero Days: R&R

Sidelined by floods… again!

Paddled 1-29-13: 16.4 miles (4.1 miles were repeated from previous week) Trip: 1439.5 miles Richard Grove and I went back below Rome Monday to work on the sections of the Coosa River and the Etowah that I had skipped.  I’ve written about what a great day Monday was, knocking out seventeen miles that I had … Continue reading »

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New paddle in hand!

My replacement paddle has arrived, and the floodwaters have receded over around Rome, so Richard Grove and I are heading to Lock and Dam Park in the morning to paddle the sections that the recent heavy rains forced me to bypass. Rough weather is forecast for Wednesday, so that may be a good day to … Continue reading »

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Getting underway again

When I got off the river Tuesday, a few miles below Rome, the river stage was at 20′. It looked like it might drop back down to a manageable level by Saturday or Sunday, but that clearly is not the case. I’ve about had all the sitting around a hotel that I can stand, so … Continue reading »

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Mmm, mm, good

Hot minestrone from a ziplock, while rain patters on the tent six inches above my head—talk about the good life!

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Hunkered down for the storms

The marine radio that Mike Saunders gave for this trip has come in handy many a time on the trip, but I guess it’s most important feature, aside from distress calls, which I have not needed, is the weather band. It has preprogrammed National Weather Service channels that have allowed me to be on top … Continue reading »

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Unscheduled zero day

I had no intention for this to be a zero day, but I hadn’t planned on meeting Nate and Laura Paulk. I really should begin at the beginning. I locked through Claiborne Lock and Dam yesterday and paid for a campsite at Isaac Creek Campground. This is a lively facility, and the camp hosts, Mr. … Continue reading »

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I spent three nights with David and Marilyn Oberhausen, which was delightful. They are gracious hosts and good company. I drove over to Mobile Thursday morning to buy an Alabama DeLorme and a few cold weather gear items. When I got back, we visited a bit and then went to David’s brother, Larry, and sister-in-law, … Continue reading »

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Important new equipment

As I divested myself of a lot of heavy and bulky equipment in Apalachicola, I filled the empty space in the canoe with sailing and offshore equipment and a few creature comforts. Kathy brought me one of my larger tents, and I bought a nice chair that disassembles and stores quite small. I’ve had the … Continue reading »

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My favorite reporter

Shannon Casas at the Gainesville Times is brilliant. She has managed to do two things, both of which I know that I would be incapable of doing: 1) She has gotten all of the technical details of my sabbatical trip correct, but then has distilled them down into simple, clear language without losing details that … Continue reading »

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Down but not out

My, oh, my, how interesting the last few days have been. Besides meeting a lot of really great people in Wewahitchka, I also became acquainted with their medical facilities. I had been having trouble with a knee for a few weeks, and last Friday, I started to notice some signs of internal infection. Saturday through … Continue reading »

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