All continues to come together – and with plenty of spare time in the winter months and the boat dry inside of the boathouse I have been able to make some much needed repairs for time on The River. Most are complete, some minor electrical, a solar panel, most everything has been figured out and in ‘close proximity’ – even Bill and Max have shared some valuable insight and advice for the trip (thanks) – the name remains in limbo, but ‘Freebird’ remains a favorite.
Several folks have shown an interest in joining the trip for a period of time – a week or two, or more – and thats great, I would really love the company. I suppose the biggest thing would be the logistics of dropping in, and then taking off (if thats what you have to do) – it would be easier too if I knew exactly when I would be in the towns along the way – but at this time it is only a guess – there are always variables with this sort of trip (weather, etc) so I will continue to work on some sort of time table – three aboard seems like a good number.
As close as I can tell, we should be in the water and near LaCrosse Wi. the 29th of May – from there I’m thinking Memphis on July 4th, but its all guesstimate and there are alot of great places and cities in between – the Upper Mississippi provides the most scenic opportunities, but the character of the river and the Towns that are available along the Lower Mississippi will provide entertaining stoppage and moments too. I’ll try to do better as we get closer, but one of the neat things about the trip is to be able to float or just stop and enjoy a town for a day…..
Plans are for having a GPS tracker from iboattrack aboard (example) and a link on this site to provide exact location on the river in ‘real-time’ – maybe this will help.
So anyway I have done alot of reading lately, more so than I have in some years, The Mississippi and the towns along her are full of interesting facts and History – its been great preparation.
Thank you for your interest with all of this, I’m ready to go! Feet up…..