Today was the first time I had to stop paddling because of pain and fatigue. Crossing the relatively small pool (lake) above Lock and Dam #15 was almost impossible for this 80 year old paddler. Winds were fierce, blowing whitecaps in my face the entire crossing. Had to cross to the East bank to make any progress. It was very tense. I needed to paddle through the lock in time for media interviews scheduled for 1200 in Rock Island.
After four interviews, lunch, and a wonderful tour of the Navarro Canoe Company factory, we pushed on for more river mileage. Trying to make it to St Louis for the Fourth of July fireworks and a visit with the legendary Big Muddy Mike. It won’t be easy. I still have 12 more locks to pass through before reaching Alton, IL.
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.