All the gear has been checked over one last time. The canoe is on the truck, and the tank full of gas. About 6 a.m., I'll head up to St. Louis, and then across the river to Alton, IL, for the night at a Super 8 motel. Saturday morning we all meet at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, and park our vehicles there so they are waiting for us when we return. The boats are loaded on a shuttle trailer, we and our gear are loaded onto buses, and we head for Jefferson City, MO. Our first night's camp will be there, and Sunday morning we hit the river for the 144-mile paddle back to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Again, you can follow along by clicking Ibi's SPOT in the right margin, and change the view to satellite to share what we're seeing on and along the river. Watch out especially for the wing dams, which deflect water to accelerate the flow of the river and deepen the channel. Some are just visible at the water surface, others are hidden below the surface, but if you zoom in, you'll see the swirling current.