The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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What is the Journey? My plan is to travel on my pontoon boat, MikoMan, from the Twin Cities to the Gulf of Mexico. Launch day is Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and I hope to reach my destination, Appalachicola, FL, six weeks later.

The “Journey” began more than two years ago with research, planning and acquiring. This preparation has been interesting and fun in itself and has led to changes from my original plan including the route. My new route will start in South St Paul, south on the Mississippi River to Cairo, IL, up the Ohio River to Puducah, KY, up the Tennessee River to the Tom Bigbee Waterway, then South to Mobile AL. If weather permits, MikoMan will follow the intracoastal waterway to a final destination in Appalachicola, FL.

I have a crew of six friends who will join me for about a week each, then handing off to the next crew member. We will sleep on the boat and do some cooking and fishing. My plan is to visit many of the towns along the way, check out the local restaurants, hopefully meet and talk with people, and absorb the rich history and culture along the way.

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