September 24, 2011 – Day 16 – 17 miles
Wow. What a day to choose to sleep at the public boat landing. Not only is it the weekend (who knew?), but today is the first day of duck hunting season. At 4:45 am the first of around a dozen boats were loaded up and put into the water not 20 feet from where I choose to sleep. Folks were perplexed by my presence and I even had my picture taken with some of the hunters (while I was still in the hammock). This made for an early morning on the river surrounded by a dense fog – part moisture, part gunpowder smoke.
I made my way to Gander Mountain with lots of daylight to spare. When I arrived I was cordially greeted by the managers and shown around the store. As I was told, Gander Mountain replenished all of my gear, and gave me more and better stuff that I originally had. I can definitely see how these items will make my trip more comfortable. Once I get to use the gear for a week or two I intend to write up some reviews, and just a general packing list for those that are interested. I couldn’t be more thankful to Gander Mountain for their generous actions, and am so relived to feel like I have everything I need to complete this journey.