2003 World Record Set:
18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!

The Mississippi River Challenge for
Rett Syndrome & Leukodystrophy

- May 10, 2003 6 AM to May 28, 10:51 AM 2003-

A 2,348 Mile Marathon to Support a Marathon of Research!


Bob Bradford, forward position, Clark Eid, in the back, approaching L & D 24

May 16, Friday

Text Updates from our Race Web Log
 

Paddlers just arrived at boat ramp on south end of Winona, MN (4:12 AM). They had a 55 minute wait at Lock & Dam #5.

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Bob & Clark just left the boat ramp (5:06 AM). The automatic position reporting system (APRS) is working!

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I just what to say what a great job both Andrew and Clark have done on the Automatic Position Reporting System. This is really great. I can't believe you can actually watch them moving down the river. Great job guys! It is so cool to have real time information on TEAM HOPE.
-Tony

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Paddlers are now locking through at Lock & Dam 7 just north of La Crosse, MN.

--AMG

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Clark called this AM, about 9 or 10 CST. He said they are on the move and doing well. He mentioned Stan was taping Bob's foot, but sounded like it was ok. He was heading back to the canoe quickly and he and Bob intended to make a very long haul today. Sounds like the water is moving better than it did yesterday, which is a big help.

Sounds like the road crew is holding up well overall. That is a rough job for the road crew who do a great deal of work, and spend much anxious time waiting for the paddlers. Special thanks to the road crew! Clark said the food has been incredible and the road crew has been great.

I told Clark the website maps from Where Are They Now? were once again updating very quickly and often now. Special thanks to all who helped with that.

When I look at the Where Are They Now Page, it shows the team is almost at the Iowa border and moving quickly. Looks like Dubuque is the next "big" city on the map.... I hope the storms in tornadoes in the midwest are quiet tonight - I will check the National Weather Service next.

Clark said he would try to call in tonight, depending on what is happening.

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Flood Statement for Dubuque, Iowa area:

FLOOD STATEMENT...CORRECTION TO INFORMATION FOR DUBUQUE DAM 11
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
1215 PM CDT FRI MAY 16 2003

...FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR THE WAPSIPINICON RIVER NEAR DE
WITT...THE CEDAR RIVER NEAR CONESVILLE...AND THE IOWA RIVER AT
MARENGO...WITH HIGH WATER EXPECTED ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER...AS WELL
AS THE WAPSIPINICON AND IOWA RIVERS...

HEAVY RAINS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HAVE LED TO RISES ON AREA
RIVERS.

...SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER...

THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO BETWEEN A FOOT BELOW TO
A FOOT ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AT ALL LOCATIONS. THIS INCLUDES THE
DUBUQUE...CLINTON...QUAD CITY...MUSCATINE...BURLINGTON...AND KEOKUK
AREAS. THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SHOULD CREST IN NORTHERN LOCATIONS
BEGINNING NEXT TUESDAY THE 20TH...AND IN SOUTHERN LOCATIONS BY THE
26TH. THE CREST COULD BE INFLUENCED BY RAIN EXPECTED FROM MONDAY INTO
TUESDAY.

A FLOOD WARNING HAS ALREADY BEEN ISSUED FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT
DUBUQUE EARLIER TODAY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES INCLUDING POSSIBLE
ADDITIONAL FLOOD WARNINGS.

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Clark just called 2:15 PM CST, they are literally at Lock and Dam 8, in Genoa. Moving well, current is good, weather is good... Bob's finger is infected but he's ok.... I spoke to Janet briefly, she sounded great and said they are all running their tails off :-). They all sound great though, I could hear the kids in the background, and spoke to Chuck Evert (rett dad) briefly....More in a minute, I have to get Noah off the bus....

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Stan called at 5:30pm. First words out of his mouth -- "I don't know where the rest of my team is!" They split up after Lock & Dam 7, and somehow hadn't found each other. He wasn't too worried -- yet.

Today the guys bought "stuff" for Clark & Bob at Cabella's. Stan is in hopes that the ladies were able to get all the laundry done while the gents did their shopping.

Then when they approached Lock & Dam 9, the lockmaster told them that due to construction, they couldn't access the river from there. They'd have to go downstream a few miles to a nice campground that had good access to the river. But when they got down there, the campground was flooded. Back to L&D 9 they went. The lockmaster then told them to try upriver 3 miles in Linksville. So that is their new meeting spot. Three miles upstream from L&D 9. Stan feels there's no way the paddlers could slip by them without seeing them -- unless, of course, they somehow arrive in the middle of the night.

Suddenly Stan shouts "There they are!" But this time he's referring to the other support crew vehicles! He's getting concerned about when Angie leaves, because she's been such a great asset to the support team. Really knows her stuff.

If they get to Guttenburg this evening, they've been told they have a lasagna dinner and hot tubs waiting for them! Kinda makes me wish I was there, too!

Unfortunately, it's beginning to look like they won't be arriving in St. Louis until sometime in the evening on Tuesday -- possibly even as late as midnight. The cheering that we looked forward to at the base of the Arch may be much less than we hoped for. We'll have to see once they get closer to St. Louis.

Pictures

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At L&D 8, Clark Eid is sitting in the back, Bob Bradford in the front, 5/16/2003, picture by Lisa Evert

Road Captain Stan Hanson, in front of his sporty "newly fixed" Ford Explorer, with our official race crew vehicle sign as well as Angie Phelp's window work....5/16/03, picture by Angie Phelps

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