Saturday, June 26, 2010

Itching to hit 1,000 MilesToday

I spoke to Aaron on the phone this morning.  They were picked up a few miles north of Canton Missouri at mile 353 after canoeing 33 miles through large waves on Friday.  They couldn't get picked up in Canton itself because the flood gates are up and the town is "shut off" from the river due to the flooding. Aaron and Jake's spirits are good but they are both suffering from poison ivy. They enjoyed a hot shower and a great home cooked  meal that included elk steaks, but most of all they enjoyed the good hospitality.

They will be interviewed by a T.V. station today when they get to Quincy, Illinois 25 miles down river from where they slept last night.  The lock traffic is way backed up because of the flooding, they must wait their turn to get into the lock.  Aaron said occasionally a lock master will let them cut in front of some barges.  Lock 20 in Canton has water running on the mainland side of the lock so they are going to try to navigate around the lock on what is usually land.

Forecast for Saturday - Isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures in the mid 90's

Posted by Aaron's dad

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