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River journey

Posted May 10, 2010

My son Will began a river journey today.  Will and two friends are kayaking the Cape Fear River. They put in early this morning at the Jordan Lake dam and plan to arrive in Wilmington by Friday. Right now they hope to finish their trip at the USS North Carolina. If things go well they may continue on to the Atlantic. Please keep Will and his buddies in your thoughts and prayers.

What is the most exciting journey you have taken? What journeys would you like to take? Please share your memories and dreams.

A few weeks ago I told you about my nephew's walk across America. Matt Green is in day 45 of his walk from Rockaway, New York to Rockaway, Oregon. Matt is currently at the Crossroads of America. Indiana is treating him with warmth and enthusiasm. Matt is averaging more than 20 miles a day. 

What journeys are on your horizon?  

By the way we'll get back to our tour of the top ten oldest Tar Heel towns tomorrow. 


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  • bb55mktg May 13, 2010

    Please let us know when the expected arrival is. We would also like to let our visitors know of his arrival and travels.

  • dharper22 May 11, 2010

    Keep us informed on Will's progress.

  • dharper22 May 10, 2010

    I too check daily on your nephew's progress, Bill. I think my biggest adventure was going off from Central Iowa at the age of 17 on the City of Denver sreamlined train to Chicago to meet the vice president of Montgomery Ward. He hired me to be his herdsman on his Southern Wisconsin farm. That was 70 years ago.

  • Celt May 10, 2010

    When I was doing research for my PhD in Ireland, one of the places I wanted to visit was Skellig Michael off of the western shore. Unfortunately, it was late enough in the season that boats were no longer going out...the seas were getting kind of rough. But there was one old gentleman in a questionable skiff who had permission to take a group of us out.

    Wow--what a ride! Half of the trip the propeller was not even in the water. I stood in the back of the boat literally humming the theme to Gilligan's Island, waiting for an end to our "three-hour cruise."

    But once I made it to the island and climbed to the Norman-era monastery (quite a feat for someone who is scared of heights!)--every rough wave faded into memory. The place was magical, and that day is one of my greatest memories of Ireland.

  • wdwbmw May 10, 2010

    The biggest adventure I ever had was three weeks after 9/11 when my husband and I left home for a month in the southwestern states. We were fearful of traveling at that time but it was a wonderful trip. We'd never crossed the Mississippi or even come close before - drove almost 8000 miles - and worried about a gas shortage with the turmoil in the US then. It was such a great adventure traveling the back roads and seeing territory we had never seen before.

  • kblount1 May 10, 2010

    I have thoroughly enjoyed following Matt's journey. I don't miss a day of his pictures and comments. I know he'll treasure this trip for many years to come. I've never had an adventure quite like that. I did canoe the tar river from Rocky Mount to Tarboro. It was an awesome trip and took two days if you can believe it.

  • thefensk May 10, 2010

    Checking Matt's journey is a daily routine for me. He has an astounding eye for catching really interesting roadside details one misses when driving by.

    Good luck, Will!

    Foremost in my memory is a rim-to-rim hike in the Grand Canyon. Also had a three day raft trip down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park.

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