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Bicycle Trip 1999
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04/12  Most boring trip ever?
04/13  Muddy Pecatonica
04/14  Say Yes to Drugs
04/15  Add a little Sugar and Rock
04/16  Worst campsite ever.
04/21  Island Of Honking Geese
04/22  Hennepin Feeder Canal
04/23  Locks, sand and muck
04/28  Henry
04/30  No Current on Peoria Lake
05/01  Industry and Locks
05/02  Rain and Eagles
05/04  Half-Way on the Illinois
05/05  Medium-Rare Meatloaf
05/06  Always Pepsi-Cola
05/08  Onto the Mississippi
05/09  St. Louis
05/10  Short Day
05/12  Barge Full of Rocks
05/13  Between Green and Red
05/14  Now comes the hard part
05/15  Metropolis
05/18  Tennessee River
05/19  No Lock For You
05/20  Snakes
05/21  New Johnsonville
05/25  Day of the Mayflies
05/26  Look, Another Cliff
05/27  Rotund Sunburns
05/28  Free Heron
05/30  Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
05/31  Bay Springs Lake
06/01  Locks are for the Patient
06/02  Tombigbee
06/06  Bamboo and Palmettos
06/07  Dry in AlaBAMa
06/08  Cutting Corners
06/09  Another day on the river
06/10  Demopolis
06/15  Hardest Portage Ever
06/16  Hot Rocky Beaches
06/17  First Alligator
06/18  Last Dam
06/19  Tide
06/20  Trashy Beaches
06/21  Just paddling down Interstate 10
06/27  Salty
06/28  Intracoastal Waterway
06/29  Come Sail Away
06/30  Peddling Along
07/01  Panama City
07/07  The Gulf of Mexico
07/08  Peacocks by the Sea
07/11  No Wind
07/12  Actually Sailing
07/13  Tacking
07/14  Steinhatchee
07/19  As sudden as ever
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Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
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Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
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tl;dr: I continued dodging carp and chasing eagles all the way up to Metropolis.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but camping along these rivers is great. Other than those towboats and occasional animal cries it is all very quiet. And due to my isolation I never have to concern myself with "stranger danger". There is almost nobody on these rivers during the day, and even fewer at night.

It was pretty hot today. Fortunately a continuous procession of leaping carp kept me well splashed. I lost count of how many went over the deck. Some cleared it by a good three feet. Another almost landed in my lap, but I had an open container of granola that I didn't want fish slimed, so I batted the carp away. I really wanted to get a picture of those carp, but that proved impossible.

I came across some catfish trappers. They were hauling a trap out of the water as I arrived. There were a bunch of little guys and one great big catfish that could have weighed forty pounds. It's hard to see in the picture.

The day was spent chasing eagles upriver, scaring turtles off their logs and dodging carp. I saw a coyote and some deer, both of which gave me a good long stare before deciding I was worth running away from.

I had to cross the river again to get back on the north shore. Unlike when I was on the Mississippi, I have to make a real effort to cross the Ohio River. Not only does it take a good twenty minutes, but I have to fight the current or I end up downstream.

I stopped at a hotel in Metropolis where I will spend a few days before continuing on.


building a new lock and dam

catfish trappers

got a big one


more turtles

water levels

Welcome to Metropolis

panorama of Fort Massac

giant Superman statue

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