Friday, June 5th, Day 22, provided perfect paddling weather: fast water, no headwind, and glorious sunshine. I even got internet service at a riverside country club, which was an added bonus. We arrived at the campsite later in the afternoon, which gave me a wonderful experience of just floating near the river’s edge with the first sun in four days on my back. Just perfect.
Day 23’s paddle was a short 13-mile trek to the home of wonderful River Angels for a bit of R&R. Tom & Kris Niebler provided hot showers, shopping, and delicious food. The evening hours were filled with great conversations, stories, and even some movies by Brad Tallent and Austin Graham of Adventureitus Productions. Fellow paddler and River Angel, John F. Sullivan, also met up with us on the water today and plans to paddle with us for a few days. We welcomed his presence to our "flotilla".
Our plans for Sunday include a late morning departure, with a leisurely two-day paddle to Minneapolis. We will be paddling through the St. Anthony Lock & Dam on Tuesday, June 9, as it will be permanently closing after our cross-through. Coincidentally, that is also the day after AnnA's 11th birthday. See next blog entry for information about the big birthday challenge.
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.