I’ve made it to Saint Charles, Missouri, the start of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and a little over halfway towards my goal of 1000 miles. Once again, I am waiting out bad weather. I expect to arrive in St. Louis on Tuesday.
This stretch of river has been distinct from the earlier sections that I have completed. Since Cooper’s Landing near Columbia, MO, I have not had to pitch my tent. Instead, people along the way have taken me into their homes. At Cooper’s, I surfed their couch — and I believe I am not the first paddler to do so. In Hermann, Gary and Marsha of Spirit Hill Guest House welcomed me into their beautiful home. Awesome people have treated me to great meals. Janet and her family, in the midst of preparing for a full descent of the Missouri River, took me to a hot meal in Columbia. Shane and Elissa, just off the Everglades Challenge, took the time to treat me to an awesome steak dinner. In Washington, Scott, a special ed teacher, joined me for a 20 mile stretch, which turned out to be a good thing because I was ready to call it a day. Scott and his class are following my journey, and his students even made me some awesome cards. Dan (my climbing and paddling buddy) joined me for another 20 mile section.
I am amazed at how much support I have received in the last 165 miles, and I look forward to what the next 400 will bring.