Monday, June 28, 2010

Free and Easy

"We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft." - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Aaron and Jake tipped their paddles to Tom and Huck as they departed yesterday morning from Hannibal, Missouri.  They paddled 50 miles to mile marker 259 near Hamburg, Illinois. 

The lock and dam system continues to bewilder me.  Yesterday Aaron and Jake passed through lock # 25.  I started looking closer at the locks as I compiled the statistics for the first four weeks.  It turns out lock #25 is actually the 27th lock they have passed through.  In Minneapolis there are two locks that are not numbered; there is a lock # 5 and #5A but there is no lock #23.  Maybe someone could post a comment as to why there is no lock #23 - did it just disappear?

Statistics after 4 weeks

1086 = total miles traveled
38.7 = average miles per day
28 = days of paddling
3 = states passed through (Minnesota, Wisconsin & Iowa)
27 = locks passed through
$4640 = money raised for breast cancer
171 = miles ahead of projected schedule
4,944 = hits on this blog site
Countless = lives they have touched

Posted by Aaron's dad

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