Start: 6:35 AM - Cape Girardeau, MO
Finish: 2:35 PM - Just south of the Mississippi - Ohio River confluence
Daily dist: 57 miles
Total dist: 318 miles
Weather: Start around 30 with a high in the mid-40s. Clear and calm.
Judging from the scolding splashing I’m hearing on the river I believe I may have chosen a beaver’s access point. The last time I heard that noise was when my friend Neil and I put ourselves in a similar spot and ended up with angry beavers dragging branches past our tent all night long.
The day went well and I paddled nearly 60 miles. I did decide, whatever the mileage, my limit is 8 hours on the water. Any more than that and I start to fall apart.
The flood plain is noticeably wider down there so I know my web access is going to be hit and miss. I asked Neil to please at least post my daily stats which he’s been calculating off my SPOT hits every day. That way you all can at least see the progress I’ve made.