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Rain and Eagles

2012-05-02

tl;dr: Plenty of eagles today. And rain. And wind. I stopped in Havana to get some work done.

I woke up with the dawn's light glowing through my tent's walls. Except it was the insanely bright lights of a towboat. And it was one o'clock in the morning. Oddly enough those towboats are quiet. I went back to sleep.

The day started pleasant enough with a forecasted 30% chance of rain. It then proceeded to rain for every bit of that 30%. Afterward it got windy and hot.

I saw no pelicans today, but there was no shortage of eagles.

I arrived in Liverpool just before a major onslaught of rain, and walked around the small town in the rain looking like a freak trying to find hot food, only to learn that the restaurant had closed six months earlier.

I met another boat placing those nets. I asked what they were trying to catch. It turns out they were studying Asian carp. The boat I saw back in Peoria was also studying carp.

The sand banks are once again a blissful remembrance. Back to mud for the most part. A pontoon boat decided it was going to drive into one of the side lakes. I thought it was going to be stuck, so I waited a bit in case they needed me to drag a rope someplace. But they knocked several years of the life expectancy off that outboard and finally made it back to deep water.

I was prepared to paddle all day and, maybe, finally achieve forty miles on this river. But then I stopped at the Nature Center in Havana, where Debbie, who works there, volunteered her husband Henry to shuttle me over to a local motel in his pickup truck. That was very hospitable of them. I could have never dragged the kayak that far. I didn't really want to stop, but I was already up to five open work issues since Monday, and that was stressing me out.



WAKE UP


storm rolling in




storm has rolled in


beaver


this boat had no name


eagles


crawfish monster


BEAU BLESSEY


another eagle


PAT PICKETT through a wet camera


it rained a little




almost stuck in the mud



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