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The coffee cup

Today’s miles: 17.3 Trip miles: 1109.2 It was rather cool this morning: 32.8 inside the tent, 26.2 outside. I got underway at 9:30 and paddled hard against stiff current. I thought that I was camped in a Corps of Engineers site tonight. When I described it, Richard told me that it was private but owned … Continue reading »

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Going from bad to worse

Today looked to be a fairly easy day, so I was in no great rush to get moving. I had to wade in rather chilly water for about fifteen minutes as I loaded and readied the boat, so I was actually pretty much ready to work up some body heat to warm my wet feet … Continue reading »

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I was really tired when I wrote my blog post last night, so I wanted to elaborate a little on what a wonderful experience it was to camp at Six Mile Creek State Park. The Park is closed for the winter, but the organization, Alabama Scenic River Trails has worked with government agencies and private … Continue reading »

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Unimaginable courage

Today’s miles: 20.1 Trip miles: 1040.5 There’s something cool about hitting that 1000-mile mark. Yeah, it’s just a number, but numbers are cool. The number 1000 has an integer cube root, and there aren’t that many numbers that we commonly deal with that can brag that they have an integer cube root. My age does, … Continue reading »

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A marathon day

Today’s miles: 37.1 Trip miles: 1020.4 I got a good, early start this morning, anticipating heavy weather coming in Sunday night and Monday. After only an hour or so of paddling, I encountered two gentlemen, Bobby and Sam. We had a delightful conversation, mostly about the river, water sharing (or not) between governments, and my … Continue reading »

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The Big Loops

The river above Miller’s Ferry comprises two really big loops. This is one only two areas where Corps dams have flooded outside of the channel on the Alabama R. I thoroughly enjoyed staying well out of the channel this morning because it gave me a bit of a shortcut, allowed me to avoid some headwind, … Continue reading »

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Mr. Willie Snell — 12/5/12

Whew, what a day! Today’s miles: 34.1 (all paddling, no sailing) Trip miles: 946.3 I met Mr. Willie Snell today. He was fishing when I first mat him. We talked about fishing and paddling, and then I went on my way. Several hours later, he came by and asked how I was, and I asked … 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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Thanks again, Nicole!

As I started preparing for this trip a couple of years ago, I knew that I needed to be in better physical condition than I was. I had met Nicole Dudley when she gave a presentation on the NGCSU Rec Center, which she managed. She had mentioned that the Rec Center offered personal trainers at … Continue reading »

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To David and Marilyn’s house

Today’s miles: 12.1 about half sailing and half paddling Total trip miles: 706.9 When I came out of my tent this morning, I sensed movement and looked behind me in time to see a juvenile bald eagle take flight from a twisted, dead tree about thirty feet from my tent – closest I’ve ever been … Continue reading »

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