From Harold Murphy on June 18, 2010 (more to come once his photos are scanned):
I "completed" my Pennsylvania-New York-New Jersey trip today. It did not turn out as I had planned. The Upper Delaware River was great, and fairly "easy" with mainly class I rapids. But, as I got to Skinner's Falls, the river turned more difficult, and Dangerous for me.
My Innova Safari inflatable kayak is a Super boat, with about 4,000 river miles to date, But, with my body weight of 170 pounds, and 60-70 pounds of food for 10 days, tent, sleeping bag, clothes, water, etc., a Class I+ becomes too dangerous while I am alone.
According to my mental records, I went through about 40+ rapids in 40+ miles, with some serious rapids below Narrowsburg, New York. I completed my Susquehanna River from Harrisburg to Chesapeake Bay, with very little danger; the biggest danger was under a railroad bridge with serious rapids across the entire river.
I decided to cancel the Potomac River until I can study it in more detail. It can wait until next year, and I can tie the Allegeny River in with the Potomac River, with a few days at the end of the trip at Niagra Falls.
My next Safari trip will be July 22 on either the Illinois River to St. Louis, or a northern Illinopis River to the Mississippi.
I sure do meet a lot of people who might think I am a little "crazy" an a lot of people who "dream" of doing what I am doing, but probably never will.
Labels: Harold Murphy, North American Rivers, Real Adventure