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Old 10-11-2020, 11:24 AM
flybill7 flybill7 is offline
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Default Flying the Mississippi River north to south

In mid-September I did something I've wanted to do for a long time: fly the Mississippi River. I decided to start at the river's headwater in the north -- Lake Itasca, Minnesota -- and then fly the river down to New Orleans. I made it to about 100 miles north of New Orleans but couldn't proceed due to weather. Still, I had a great trip. The RV-7 flew great, about 26 hours.

I put together a blog of the trip: check it out: Link.

Here are a few pictures to give you the idea. (Left to right)

Lake Itasca, Minnesota - headwater of the Mississippi River

Passing by the Twin Cities -- Minneapolis and St. Paul

The Upper Mississippi south of the Twin Cities is very scenic

Tugboat pushing 15 barges down river

Passing by the St. Louis Gateway Arch

Cairo, Illiinois where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers merge

Typical scene on the river -- large sand bar

tugboat pushing 35 barges down the river
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:52 AM
swjohnsey swjohnsey is offline
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I did the same thing in a kayak.
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Old 10-12-2020, 12:50 AM
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Hi, Bill,

Thanks for flying your RV along the pathway of America's most revered, strategic, and historically significant waterway, and especially for documenting your adventure so well. I especially enjoy your photo posted here of the muddy convergence with the Ohio. Old Man River is indeed an RV delight for destinations. Thanks again!
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:46 AM
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Great trip, great photos. Vlad would have landed on all the barges and bagged them as islands.
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:23 AM
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Seemed like another great trip. Thanks for posting the blog!
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:40 AM
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Default Great River Trip

Mark Twain would have been proud !
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Old 10-12-2020, 05:11 PM
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Great blog and pictures.

Sorry to have missed you at Creve Coeur. It is a great little airport with interesting stuff going on all the time, mostly in antiques, but a few Experimental and recently a few RVs.
I recognize lots of your pictures as I do most of my current RV flying up and down the rivers. Also, I grew up and learned to fly in MN so have quite a few hours flying the upper Mississippi.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:54 PM
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Default Great Trip Huck Finn

Hey Bill,

Enjoyed the write-up and pics. I use to live in southern Illinois for four years. I had a C-182 that I kept at KSAR. A couple points of interest - when you flew over the river by Perryville Regional, the little town across the river on the Illinois side is Chester. Chester is the town where E C Segar was born and later authored the Popeye character and comic strip. Supposedly the character of each of those in the comic strip was based on folks in the town. Popeye a barge working scrapper, Wimpy a hardware store owner that would send for food at a nearby diner and pay for it each Tuesday, Olive Oil and old maid in town....all this was written in the local paper when they have the Popeye festival. When you come over the bridge to Chester there is a big bronze statue of Popeye with a time capsule.

In addition when you get to Cairo, IL where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi....about 20 miles up the Ohio is the town of Metropolis (which is isn't)....can you guess which comic strip character is linked by Illinois legislative resolution 572 passed in the 70's?
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:34 PM
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Default Ski resort

Yea just south of Dubuque you'll see Chestnut mountain ski resort. It's close to Galena IL. Awesome pics, thanks.
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:46 AM
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Great pictures and write up...
Link to blog was helpful....lots of good flying adventures!
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