Made it about halfway
Posted by: Dsimps on Aug-16-13 5:59 PM (EST)
Hey guys! Thanks for all the advice and help!
Unfortunately we did not make it the whole way, we did 160 miles in the first 6 days and had to pull out at Henry so I could make an interview, but it was absolutely amazing!
There was no real point to the trip except to see if we (me and my brother) could do it, and I truly think we would have. The Fox River was a hassle most of the way with all of the shallow water and portages, but there were some very nice forested areas, and there's a whitewater recreation park in Yorkville that was a blast.
Camping was iffy at times, but we remained safe and secure, most of our problems ended up coming from the weather, bad headwinds, lightning storms, and the like, but never did we feel like we were in serious danger (we stayed off the river during the lightning).
I expected a little more current out of the Illinois, and I definitely was not ready for how bad a problem the Asian carp were, they were jumping into our boat and even running into us! There were a couple points we got caught in the middle of a big school and just had to float and have some batting practice ;).
I see what you meant about the tugs, luckily the only one that passed close to us slowed down to give us an easy wake to ride over, pretty nice people out on the water, but we had one go by at night after we set up camp and the waves were huge!
If you can handle the stress, weather, and being so very very dirty the whole time I would recommend it, it's unlike anything I've ever done before
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