Our take-out for the first night.
This is a brand-new Wenonah canoe after just one day's use. This
is no reflection on Wenonah, a beautiful canoe, but rather the
rigors of the first day's run.
It has to be a nightmare trying to organize a trip for such a large group, and to wed the needs of the group with available facilities along shore. The Great River Rumble depends on a corps of faithful volunteers who handle the chores. Then a couple hosts assume responsibility for coordinating facilities and events at each stop. This usually involves months of meetings and negotiations with city or county councils, park managers, caterers and restaurants, transportation providers, and service providers like septic and solid waste disposal outfits. We’ve been greeted by mayors and park managers, had restaurant and bakery owners come in on days that their businesses were normally closed to accommodate our needs, received presentations from parks and natural resources personnel on local geology, history, natural resources, and wildlife. So, when we encountered a snag, like the bus transportation here, we tried to remember the spirit in which all this work was done on our behalf, and tried to just take a deep breath and remember that it’s all part of the adventure.