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I slid my canoe down the bank while holding the stern rope and then loaded my gear. The river is about forty feet wide at this point with a slow moving current. I started paddling down stream and enjoyed nice scenery. The river was lined sometimes with high banks that looked like some sort of clay type rock, other times it was a bottom land forest with low muddy banks. I traveled down the river enjoying the slow current. Occasionally I would have to portage over some downed trees crossing the river. I did not see this as a nuisance. It gave me a chance to stretch my legs and see the scenery from a different vantage point. There were many trees to portage over and around on this trip. Most were in the upper third. I would estimate about 30 trees.
Also, the river bottom was changing. Sometimes it was deep and muddy, other times it was shallow and filled with reddish sand with small gravel. When the river was shallow it became different. The river current was faster and had a few small riffles. There were other sections where there were nice sandy banks and sand bars. This was most enjoyable as it keep the trip interesting. As I approached the town of Aylett the river becomes much more docile and open. This is due to the river being affected by some tidal influence. The river is still fresh but the tide does affect the river.
What makes this a great river to paddle is the limited intrusion of man and the wild life.
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