No worries about rumors of Lock #25 being closed. Richard Sojourner and I passed right through the middle of the dam without any difficulties. We were moving at a rapid speed, but there were no rapids. After a mid-day stop and refreshments from the road crew, we only need to paddle ten more miles downstream to make tomorrow's schedule work out.
Water didn't look fast. Smooth flowing to what we are usually a accustomed. Was able to average almost 6 MPH, a new distance record for my loaded canoe. Hope to reach Alton, Illinois for fireworks and reception tomorrow night. Have only 28 miles left and then we will pass through the LAST LOCK AND DAM ON THE MISSISSIPPI.
The problem now is to decide what to do when we reach mile marker #180 tomorrow. Please stay tuned and see how we are able to deal with the closed river conditions down river from St Louis, MO.
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.