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Monthly Archives: December 2012

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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On to the next lake

Today’s miles: 13.4 Trip miles: 959.7 After yesterday’s marathon, I took it a bit easy today. I wanted to be in a park with showers and laundry, and the choices were 13 miles or 28 miles, so I went the easy route. Today was nearly all paddling except for the last two miles, where I … Continue reading »

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Paddling in fog, rain, and dark

I have had the opportunity to paddle in fog and rain and into the night with no moon these last few days, and it was all fun, but required some preparation and care. Rain I have avoided paddling in the rain a couple of times, but I have gotten over it. My boat has a … 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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Fog & Rain — 12/4/12

Today’s miles: 16.7 Trip miles: 912.2 Fog was really dense when I set out from Isaac Creek Campground at 8:00. I was just a little sad about leaving because it is such a nice park and exceptionally well run. If you are I to motor-homing or primitive camping, I hope you will consider this campground. … 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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Alabama stinks! Sunday, 12/2/12

Today’s miles: 17.9 Trip miles: 895.5 Miles upriver since Mobile Bay: 116.1 Not the whole state, but the Alabama River really stinks. There have been a lot of water hyacinths floating down the river, and a couple of fishermen I have asked about the smell have blamed the Corps of Engineers for releasing hyacinths from … Continue reading »

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Alabama Rocks! Saturday, 12/1/12

Really, Alabama rocks: These were the first rocks I had seen along the Alabama River, and I guess they came as a bit of a surprise. I had been in the Mobile-Tensaw delta, and all of a sudden, here were rock outcrops. The area is identified on my map as Marshall’s Bluff. I camped not … Continue reading »

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