Wrecked tug boats, half-sunk barges, and thousands of blood sucking flies. Uhhh…Is this where Jonathan Brown dropped a pin on Apple Maps for him to join us later today? That was the question we were a asking ourselves.
We left the beautiful town and great folks of Caruthersville early morning to avoid the expected intense heat later in the day. Our stay had been very prosperous, and included meeting a tug boat worker and his family who turned out to be amazing River Angels. He and his fellow workers greeted us on the river as we paddled through.
Paddled the 28 miles to what we “thought” was Tam's Landing, but it turned out to be one mile short. Also received a text that the landing was flooded and that a local farmer had built a dike the roadway. When we arrived at the correct landing, I immediately walked up the road to see what was going on. Found the problem a half-mile up. The road was flooded, diked along the edges, and the fast flowing waters looked impossible to drive through.
Put in options were limited, seemingly too difficult to attempt. A lone truck pulled into camp. "No problem" was the driver’s response to our questions about the depth of the flowing water. We notified Richard Day that he could drive on through. The rest you can see on video.
Alter all the difficulties of the day had been solved, it was a great evening of laughter, fireworks, chasing off flies and mosquitoes.
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I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.