To the many authors/guides/coaches who have helped me prepare for the paddle pilgrimage.
Holling Clancy Holling, author of Minn of the Mississippi, a beautiful illustrated book recounting a turtle’s journey down the river.
Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a groundbreaking adventure novel exploring the racial and moral universe of the late 19th century.
Eddy Harris, author of Mississippi Solo: A Memoir, a beautifully written account of a young African American and a “novice paddler’s” journey down river into the South.
Bruce Nelson, author and adventurer, whose exploits Walking Across Alaska and Paddling the River and website/blog www.bucktrack.com, have provided inspiration and practical advice.
Jim Lewis, author of Ka-Ka-Ska-Ska (“Headwaters to the Gulf” – in a kayak), for his informative and LOL funny account of paddling the river and for his hospitality in “launching” me on my paddle.
Jeff Pearson, fellow Folbot paddler, for his detailed “tips” from his recent journey and helping outfit my boat with “loaned” equipment... http://www.deltaserf.com
Spring Creek Outfitters, Mountain Iron, MN, Chuck Newberg, owner, for outfitting me in a new kayak/gear. Great people and equipment. Their website is www.springcreek.com and they do business worldwide.
Sharon Lewis, wife of my paddling partner/coach Jim, who opened her home and heart to me in Grand Rapids, MN, with tasty food, rich conversation, comfy bed, and supportive prayers. Thanks, Sharon!