Today: 10.2 miles
Joe Cook took me to an access point for the Oostanaula River this morning. I pulled away at 8:30, paddled a very short way, a couple hundred yards, perhaps, and then headed upriver on the Etowah. At last! Although I had heard from the Corps of Engineers that they were releasing a lot of water and would continue to do so, I made great progress for the first six or seven miles. The farther I went upriver, though, the faster the current became. I finally reached a point at which it was too fast to be safe, so I went back downriver a quarter mile to a nice campsite. Mike Saunders and Joe Smith are coming tomorrow to shuttle me around Allatoona Dam.