Mississipi Million

The Great River Rowed


Two Tough Days

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014

Having glided, almost effortlessly with Steve Peel¬† on his first day, 25 miles and flying along in a great, easy, sustainable rhythm, we expected more of the same for his second day, which was a touch over 26 miles, but surely nothing we couldn’t handle? The river thought differently.We had some factors which simply weighed against us. First, we were rowing towards one of the dams on the...

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Peely and my Great Mate Sam

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014

The first of two days on the river with Steve Peel today. 25.6 miles of truly fab river conditions, punctuated by soaring bald eagles and buzzards, with picture postcard river banks, gentle winds (mainly tailwind, some headwind – grrrr!) and NO bugs (well, one that bit SP, so we didn’t count that). Paddy was steering and at one point stopped us near the shade of a large tree, only to...

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A Return to Arms

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014

The evening of the second rest day sees me sitting, warm, comfortable, dry and clean, sitting in my hotel room in the estimable Deerwood Country Inn. We have one more night here before we take to the road again and resume camping. We have scoured the maps and sites to try to find one that can take the RV, pref with an electrical hook up and clean water attachments. We will have several different...

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Blessed Rest

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

I realise that the title of this blog does tend to suggest the title of a funeral home, so apologies if I have inadvertently scared readers of a nervous disposition. Far from impending interment, I write this to you from the lobby of the Country Inn at Deerwood, MN (pop 532).Now, it has been my great privilege over the years to have stayed in some of the nicest hotels in the world (take a bow,...

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A Very Unusual Day

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014

Today, the 8th day of paddling, we experienced an unusual but very welcome day.We said goodbye to Mark Vickers and his family and to Gavin Sayers, which meant that for the first time it was just me and Paddy to row the skiffs as there were no participant crew booked in for a few days. We set off just before 08.00, having been up striking camp again from 06.00. Graeme offered to steer, as Charlie...

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