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Down the Apalachicola

Posted by on October 31, 2012

Wednesday, 10/31/12
Today’s miles: 11.2, Today’s paddling miles: 11.2, Cumulative miles: 451.9, Cumulative paddling miles: 417.2

I just went back and corrected some mileages where my big fingers had hit the wrong little cellphone key and the error had propagated.

I locked through Jim Woodruff Dam this morning, meeting delightful and most interesting fellow in the process, the lock operator, Robert Taylor. If I hadn’t had dye tracing and water tests to run, I would have liked to have chatted with him for hours.

I made my last dye release at 10:45 and headed downriver, taking readings as I went. I am set up on a sandbar now with plans to monitor the dye passage into the night. Tomorrow will be a chase-the-dye day.

If you are watching the comments, you saw that I had another very pleasing interaction with the Corps of Engineers today. I had spoken with a gentleman named Ranell Franklin, a COE ranger, several days ago by phone trying to locate good campgrounds along my route. He did all that I asked, but then today, out of the blue, Ranger Franklin called my cell just to see how I was. Doing and to see if I needed anything. I really like knowing that there are people like that in government service.

Releasing water at Jim Woodruff Dam

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