That said I do agree with the others about.
Considering a longer boat, camp out of it in lots of conditions, and do a few high mileage days in a row.
This kind of trip inspires many is attempted by the brave and completed by a few who luck and planning came together for. I have pulled out 5 days/85 miles into a 6d/ 100 mi trip. Due to poor nutrition sapping my strength (many don't consider this) and poor choice of sleeping bag, size vs/warmth.
Look at this link, http://www.steadypaddling.com/. Bob is a great guy with a very positive outlook on life. He had built a lot of skills, including hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. So kayaking just added one more dimension to his next epic trip.
It may upset the purists but have you considered a kayak? This trip has been done by both types of boats, and each has it's advantages.
Always tie your boat to a tree far above the water. Last month five of us paddled 5 days, 133 miles on the MS from St Louis to Cape Girardeau, MO. The river came up 13' while we were on it nearly reaching some of the boats one night.
Contact me if you need help with logistics in MO.
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