- Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:06 am
Day 2 paddle was short, in fact they all were. I covered 10 miles without even paddling in about 4 hours. This stretch of river is, to my surprise, more populated than the stretch above. There were more homes along the river, and more powerboats out buzzing around. Most, but not all, were very courteous. Saw some nice red bluffs early on day 2:
The island I camped on the second night was smaller than the first, but clearer and nicer. But no shade, and it was pretty warm! Spent time just sitting and reading. By then Floyd was pretty tuckered out by all the excitement and swimming: Storms came through that night, but they fizzled before they hit, which was a relief. On Saturday I had another short paddle, reached the takeout in Smithville around 1. I'm embarrassed to say I did no fishing at all. The water was high and fast enough that it didn't look very promising, and my dog was pretty squirrely, and I was worried about him taking us on an unscheduled swim. Definitely passed some promising looking areas, especially for catfish. All in all, a beautiful stretch of river. I prefer the section above, but it's probably not fair to compare them, since the water conditions were so different. I should mention that DNR and eweberdc provided me with very helpful info as I was planning. Sorry, no food pics--I am strictly a freeze-dried dinner kind of cook! Also, a brief gear review--I took a new SPOT personal messenger with me. It worked great, and for anyone who regularly takes solo trips, I can highly recommend it. Sent a message to my wife every evening letting her know I was okay, and even showed her my exact location on google maps. Hope I never have to use it in an emergency, but it gives my wife some real peace of mind just to know I have it with me.