October 3, 2011 – Day 25 – 26 miles
Passing barges is quite common place now. Thankfully, these ships are slow enough , and the river wide enough that I never have a problem seeing them and getting out of their way. The Army Corps of Engineers dug a nine-foot channel in the river that is well marked with color coded buoys. I stay out of this channel whenever possible, but use it to navigate down the river. At the beginning of Lake Peppin the channel markers followed the shore of a circular body of water. I figured I could save time by taking a more direct route to the outlet that led me straight through the center of this open body of water. I hit a sandbar midway across and got to experience standing in ankle deep water a mile from the closest shore.
As the sun set I entered the largest part of Lake Peppin and couldn’t find a good place too camp for the night. Right as darkness approached a nice couple suggested that I camp on their beach for the night as the rest of the shore was steep and rocky. Thanks to the kindness of Leroy and Pat I have a flat sandy spot in which to lay my head for the night. The universe provides!