Day 56/Aug 31. St Louis to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri 🚣🏻♂️🚣🏻♂️🚣🏻♂️🚣🏻♂️🚣🏻♂️ Yah. It was a five #redcanoe day.
This morning my mom drove me and my canoe back to the Gateway Arch National Park so I could start where I left off on Saturday. A reporter from KMOV came to interview me and I said goodbye to Audrey. No exciting sendoff today, I just wanted to get back on the water.
It was intense the first ten miles. The traffic on the river was insane. There were barges and tows and the cruise ships and waves and the sun went away and the wind came up. The St Louis Harbor is often considered the most challenging part of the whole river. I was definitely relieved to make it downriver past the JB (Jefferson Baracks) Bridge. I’ve crossed over it on I-255 thousands of times but this was my first time going under it.
The river is definitely faster now. I was averaging 5.05 mph compared to 3-4 mph before Alton. You notice that difference in a canoe — especially paddling for 11 hours like today. I did arrive to Ste. Genevieve like I wanted, 55 miles. Farthest I’ve paddled yet in one day.
Captain Terry Bequette of the MV Pathfinder of the US Army Corps of Engineers picked me up at the boat ramp and took me in. Captain Terry and his crew do surveys of the river and determine spots that need to be dredged to maintain the minimum channel size of 3 meters deep and 91 meters wide for industrial traffic. They also monitor the buoys that mark the channel in the #mississippiriver.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has an amazing set of free, detailed navigation charts of the entire river and they maintain some campsites, too: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil
Feeling a little sore after a five day break, but it’s great to be out here again!
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