July 5, 2005 Tuesday 10:00am
Watching a 3×5 and a 5×5 pass before we get back on. We stopped fro water and sent the rent and other quick letters. I find it quite fortuitous that I have the habit of writing letters for we have no cell phone coverage or internet in these parts.
We have an area where the river is busy, very busy and there is so much happening with the barge traffic, but otherwise it is a very remote area. The levees protect people and cut them off from the river. The river is dangerous and wild. It is also simple in these parts. This discussion of the river has only begun, and I am not doing the Mississippi justice. In my defense I am tired. It will be in the book.
Hoping to pass New Madrid today as we race to Memphis. We told friends we would be there on Friday yet there was some miscalculation of mileages when the mile markers changed at Cairo, IL. So we will be paddling more than we ever have before. Challenging yet fun.