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Day 2: Fitts Ferry road to Gadsden, about a 15 mile run. Once again depending on direction of travel, the river changes from easy to moderate. At one point while headed west, we actually had to paddle against white capping water. The wildlife is still pretty much the same, but the closer you get to Gadsden the scenic view is gone.
Day 3: A short day for us only about 12 miles from Gadsden to just the other side of Rainbow City. The first 5 miles of this part of the trip was easy sailing,we did it in about 2 hours. The second leg of this trip was about another 5 miles, but it was the hardest 5 we ever did, headed west into a hard wind, had to keep the nose of the canoes pointed west with about a three inch eye of a needle either side of the bow or you would end up blown around and going backwards. the last leg for the day, about 2 miles got a little easier but still fighting the wind.
Day 4: From the small island below Rainbow City to Neely Henry Dam, about a 13 mile run. Pretty much the same as the three days before, depending on the direction of travel it was easy to moderate. We did it in about 7 hours, taking our time and enjoying it when the water would allow.
Authors note: The river between the dams at Weiss Lake and Neely Henry flows in different directions, depending on what the dams are doing. If you think all rivers flow down stream, not this one. The complete run is somewhere between 55 and 60 miles. If you plan to take it, I suggest you have drop point planned where supplies can be brought in or make sure you carry enough with you. There is no place along the river to buy anything.