Start: 6:30 AM- On the river
Finish: 12:30 PM - Vicksburg MS
Daily dist: 45 miles
Total dist: miles
Weather: Partly cloudy and chilly nice NE tail wind.
My problem seems to be with towns and the people therein.
Going on the suggestion of the police in New Madrid I approached a pair of police officers in a grocery store parking lot and let them know about me being camped down by the river. They weren’t too concerned and said that they’d let their sergeant know so if there were any calls they’d know what was up. I bid them good night and continued on. I was walking along the sidewalk coming up on a gas station convenience store. Two teenage kids were walking my way sporting the ridiculous - pants around their knees - look some kids seem to like now days. I didn’t think much of them and simply said “how’s it goin.” as I approached them. The next thing I knew one boy raised his hand and I heard the hissing sound of an aerosol can as something wet and at first cold hit me in the face. An initial sting like hairspray hit my eyes and I stumbled back a few paces and in complete shock said “what’s up with that?!” They didn’t do anything more they just stood by smugly watching me slowly feel the burning effects of the spray take effect. - A PRANK! -
What I’ve been told of the state of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is not good and I am searching, in earnest, for folks to paddle through with me or to give me a place to stay at night. If you know of anybody that lives in the New Orleans area that might be willing to give me a hand please let me know. I only wish I could trust people more, but I’m learning that I simply can’t.
- NOBODY -
I DON'T WANT ANY NAY-SAYERS OR I TOLD YOU SO'S
TO PULL ME OFF OF THIS TRIP