Mississipi Million

The Great River Rowed

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Two quick things…

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

Tiptonville, Tennessee. 29th Sept.I have been reflecting on how I feel, with now 22 days rowing left in our march south and New Orleans.  A couple of factors are weighing in just now.The first is psychological. When I was (trying to) prepare for this marathon, I spent hours on the rowing ergometer. I have one in the bike park at my office, one in France at our house in Chamonix and whenever I...

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A very important appeal

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

Tiptonville, Tennessee. 27th SeptemberI write to you from what is now indisputably the Deep South of the US. I have now rowed nearly 1,500 miles and have around 850 miles to go to reach New Orleans on the 25th October. I now need to address the fundraising aspect of this challenge in deadly seriousness and I need help from each and everyone of you.From this weekend, we will be at approximately...

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Gateway to the South…

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014

Cairo, Illinois.For quite some time now, at least two weeks before we reached St Louis, there has been a great deal of chatter amongst the team about “the South” of the USA and the Mississippi river in particular. We have canvassed opinion everywhere we could – in the locks, in the hotels, on the streets, in the shops and in the restaurants. Whenever we asked, we received a...

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A new enemy and some recalculations…

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

I would not consider our new enemy a villain in the same category as headwinds, mosquitoes, deer flies, leeches, water snakes, snakes, snapping turtles, alligators or Asian jumping carp (about which, more anon), but it does have the capacity to derail us, to whit, this morning.  Today was a long day, and one of our key supporters, Chris Gate, has jetted in to row for two days, whilst fitting in...

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The leaving of St Louis

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

This journey seems more than usually well stocked with pivotal moments. We have enjoyed several so far – starting at Itasca, the first hundred miles, reaching Minneapolis, reaching 1,000 miles, passing halfway. So now we have left St Louis and begun our journey to the lower Mississippi and the south of the US. We knew we must be getting towards the south when we enquired of a passing tug...

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