I hate to squelch people's enthusiasm for adventure but I think you're being a little unrealistic. I suggest you wait until your local outfitters start renting canoes (probably after Memorial Day) and then plan a couple of 3 or 4 day paddles on the nearest large river to see what it feels like to cover some distance on a sizable waterway with all your camping gear and supplies. Remember you will have to carry water, food, cook stove, shelter, bedding, extra clothes and safety equipment. Also, have you considered what you would do for emergency communication? You will likely not have cell phone service in many areas and have you considered how you would keep one charged anyway?
River flow is variable and if there were heavy storms any section of it could get nasty quickly and be beyond your capabilities. You also need to know all the regulations for traveling on a river that has major commercial barge and ship traffic.
Neither of the canoes you are looking at would have enough capacity or performance for such a journey. It would be kinda like taking a golf cart coast to coast on the Interstate.
I'm not saying you should abandon the idea, just work up to it. There are less daunting rivers that you could do shorter and more reasonable trips on that would allow you to progress to the level of experience and gear shakedown for a Mississippi voyage. YOu need to take at least a weeklong paddle somewhere to assess whether such a huge commitment is something that you would really WANT to do.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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