Alden wrote:Of course, I see that you only have .6 miles of portage on the Potomac listed -- and that at Difficult Run. I'd assume you're not planning to attain Great Falls (or even Little Falls in a loaded boat)? I'd imagine the stretch from Little Falls to Brookmont Dam wouldn't exactly be a picnic. And it's not like attaining Wet Bottom or O-Deck is exactly easy. Man, you've got your work cut out for you!
In the itinerary I posted, each line is "From" (a point), "To" (a point), "paddling miles" (to the second point), "portage miles" (FROM the second point to the first point on the next line), then "cumulative miles".
So that 0.6 is from Fisherman's Eddy (behind Rocky Island) to the top of Great Falls. I am expecting to line the boat up Little Falls and the Little Falls Dam (and probably those two surfable wave trains between the two). I've attained Difficult Run and the Gorge in a whitewater boat so I should be able to do it in a fast cruiser. I might have to line White Horse, but I've attained most of the Needles in the past, and then there's nothing before the Mouth of the Savage except a few dams.
But yeh; it'll be work! I'd hope to get to the Eastern Continental divide before the end of January and to the Mississippi by the end of February. I'm told the Mississippi is attainable, but I won't be too shocked or disappointed if I have to get from Cairo Point to St. Louis towing the boat behind my folding bicyclce. Then the real
grind will begin -- uip the Missouri and the Madison.
The only real obstacles I see are (1) my possible inability to tolerate the cold for the first three months or so (though I assure you I will accept any and all hospitality that I am offered along the way!), and (2) possibly dry river beds on the Madison, Henry's Fork, and Snake in late summer/early fall.