The Mississippi by Raft

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The Mississippi by Raft
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AuthorRichard Ankony
GenreCanoeing Water Sports
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Mercid 100179781311982094
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The first thing you will learn about the Mississippi River if you travel the length of it, is that "Tug Boats Rule."These "monsters" that are pushing their massive loads in barges, both rule the day and the night and take no prisoners. For if someone tells you that they traveled the river and do not inform you of this, then they have done you a grave disservice. For either they hugged the shoreline the whole way, so as to keep themselves out of harm's way, or they didn't go at all. If you intend to travel this majestic and mighty river by raft, canoe or kayak then you must know this critical fact, otherwise your life will be in imminent danger. For those of us who went the distance in the sea-lane or center of the channel, learned quickly, that tugboats are to the Mississippi River as great white sharks are to the oceans. You must give them a wide berth and pay homage to them or you will pay the ultimate price. The second thing you must be told about the Mississippi River is that the river is alive, a living being, but not "Old Man River."Yes, she is a living being, a woman, a mother and a teacher who will embrace you with her love, tenderness and beauty. But as a teacher and a mother, you must pay attention and listen to her advice for your survival depends on it or you will die. The third thing you must be told is that the American people who live along the riverbanks of this great river have to be the kindest and sweetest people you will ever meet. For from them, they restored my faith, renewed my dreams and from their simple humanity, I was born again. That said, come join three Detroit city white boys, who bought a $50.00 rubber raft and a small trolling outboard engine with a broken propeller to take on the mighty Mississippi. We were clueless about waterways and rivers but a gentleman's bet pushed us to the limits and outside the envelope of what most people can only dream about. During our journey we gained the respect of the rivermen and the twenty-nine lockmasters th

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