Most days I paddle a minimum of 10 hours. The other day I was in my kayak for 13 hours. As I move through the lower Mississippi after St. Louis there are no dams/locks as the flow of the river picks up speed. I plan to paddle 50 plus miles each day. There are fewer towns and bigger barges. It's a big river as it moves into the "South".
So here's a math question I thought of during one of the more monotonous stretches of the river.
How many strokes of my paddle will be required to get me to New Orleans?
I will spare you the math calculations. But at a rate of 50-60 strokes per minute, 10 hours a day, 65 days of paddling......the correct answer is approximately 2,000,000.
Now I will do my best to wipe that information out of my mind!