Wednesday, November 14, 2001 - I can smell the end!
I made it to Greenville, Mississippi. I was camped on a sand bar just outside of town last night and paddled into the
harbor this morning. I left the canoe at the Greenville Yacht club and set out to explore the town. I
stopped in at the Post office and NO Mail. Well that's OK, I am a day early
and I left my forwarding address. So I will pick everything up in Natchez.
I hope to be in Natchez MS by the 19th or so and through New Orleans by the
27th. But there is another 100 miles to go after New Orleans, so I should
make it to the end by December 1st. (Jon I will give you a call). So I am alive and well and still having a wonderful time. I have
reconciled my differences with sand and the mosquitoes and I are discussing
terms of a cease fire.
The river is getting larger and is moving along relatively fast in some parts. I am covering
at least 40 miles a day and I am currently 537 miles from the end of the river. I am getting
really excited about finishing. I can't wait to put the paddle down for a day, although I
know I am going to miss this wonderful way of life. But the money can only
be stretched so far.
Well not much has happened lately I went swimming again in the river and the
water was freezing, so I only went up to my waist. And I have learned how
to cook Rice and Pasta in four hundred different ways.
Greenville is a nice Southern town. I got some breakfast at Jim's Cafe on
Washington Street and the Manager drove me to the Super Market. Such nice
people here. I got what I needed and then spent the next hour, half naked
in the Laundromat. I washed everything I had except a pair a pants. So I
sat there reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (What a great book).
And on my walk to the Library I met a nice gentleman. He thought I was hiking so we talked about walking of course. He said he used to "up and
walk to Alabama". Well this man had done some walking in his life. He was
so amazed about the canoe trip, and as many have said " I wouldn't want to
do it, but sounds like an exciting trip" And it has been.
Well I wish I could of listed some of the names of the people I met here,
But for the life of me I can't figure out what people are saying down here.
I thought the woman in the Laundromat said "you was up in there" Could she
have meant, was I just in the dryer. God only knows. I just said "Nope, I'm
Canoeing" What else is there to say.
Well I am so excited the end is near. I will be home soon to share crazy
and stupid stories with you all.