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 17, Saturday

 

 

 


Text Updates from our Race Web Log

 

The road crew was spoiled by the Bryant family when the former arrived in Guttenberg, Iowa Friday evening. [Bruce Bryant recently bought his first kayak, and learned about the Mississippi Challenge while searching for paddling info on the Internet.] The crew was treated to spaghetti, seven-layer salad and French bread. For dessert, there were brownies, and of course, those yummy chocolate rice crispy bars we seem to be given at every stop (and which the crew can't seem to get enough of!).

Most of us took showers, and AMG partook of the hottub on the deck at the Bryants' house. We expect the paddlers to go through Lock #10 (about a mile downstream from our current location) between 3 and 4 AM.

--AMG

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Angie Phelps writes:

Went to Lansing, IA (population about 250) to do laundry for the paddlers and crew on Friday. It was like a journey back in time. There was a Dime Store (called a "Mercantile") which was the length of three storefronts. The wooden floors were so old they were no longer level. The aisles consisted of stacked cardboard boxes and were only about a foot wide. Cheese in the local IGA was $2.50/pound, and when I checked out, someone actually carried my groceries to the car! I wish I would have remembered to take a few pictures, and hope to return there some day.

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Paddlers arrived at boat ramp below Lock/Dam #10 in Guttenberg, IA at about 4 AM. They had some food (courtesy of the Bryant family), and are now settling down for four hour's rest before heading south towards Dubuque.

--AMG

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I sure got a good laugh this morning reading the blog here, it seems that the rice krispie bars Andrew is talking about have become a trademark 'snack' for Team Hope. I made them for the headwaters and they went over so well I made another batch for our meeting in Palisade. I was talking to Danita Baker (Rett Mom to twins) who was meeting them in Little Falls Tues evening and she told me she was ordering pizza, but was bringing rice krispie bars. I stopped her right there and asked "what kind?" When she told me, I realized it was the same ones I had brought, I told her that they would love it. Now, I see Bruce Bryant included them with his meal in Iowa, too funny.

Well, I think I will put the recipe here just in case anyone else is going to be meeting up with Team Hope, I think they will be expecting some from now on :-).

Krispy Bars: cook 1 cup karo syrup and 1 cup sugar until it bubbles, take off of stove and add 1 1/2 cup peanut butter. Mix in 5 to 6 cups rice krispies and smooth out into 9x13 pan. Melt 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup choc chips for frosting.

I wonder what Bob and Clark will think when they eventually read this and know we were discussing recipes while they are breaking the world record haha :-)

Tammy Hanson

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  Bob just taped a radio interview for station KDTH in Dubuque. The interview will hopefully make the station's noon news report.

The paddlers are just getting ready to leave Guttenberg, IA.

--AMG

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I was looking all late afternoon and into the evening last night for the progress of TEAM HOPE and the automatic tracking was not working. So glad to see the team well down the river this morning. TEAM HOPE is just doing a fantastic job! I'm always looking on the web to see their position and their overall mileage. As of this morning they are averaging over 100 miles a day. I sometimes have trouble driving 100 miles yet alone paddling it! It seems if I don't get my "location" fix every few minutes I start having withdrawals and begin to pace around my house or office cube. I have discovered it doesn't matter how many times I hit the refresh button, if the autotracking isn't working I can't will it to work!

Andrew, tell the paddlers we are thinking of them constantly and wishing them the best. It also appears that Krispy Bars will be falling from heaven for the remainder of the trip!

-Tony

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Heard from Stan and Clark today. Clark and Bob apparently had to actually sleep for 4 hours at the same time early this morning.... Last time I heard, they were in Dubuque, Iowa about 3 hours ago.

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Flood warning from the National Weather Bureau, for Dubuque and Clinton, Iowa:

HIGH WATER IS EXPECTED ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DOWNSTREAM FROM
DUBUQUE.

...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 TUESDAY...MAY 20TH...WITH SOUTHERN LOCATIONS CRESTING BY
MONDAY...MAY 26TH. THE CREST COULD BE INFLUENCED BY RAIN EXPECTED
MONDAY INTO TUESDAY.

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National Weather, for Clinton Iowa, the next large city Team Hope is heading towards now:

Tonight. Mostly clear. Patchy fog developing late. Low in the lower 50s. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday. Partly cloudy. Patchy fog until mid-morning. High in the mid 70s. East wind 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday night. Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 50s. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

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Team Hope would like to tip its hat to a young man at the RadioShack at Warren Plaza in Dubuque, Iowa. Bill Pullen said Peter Dyrke is an honorably discharged ET2 from the USS George Washington. Peter helped Bill put together--on the spur of the moment--a battery pack and lighted compass for the safety of the paddlers. Without Peter's help this job would have been an almost insurmountable task working out of a back of a minivan. The US Navy produces some fine technicians, of which Peter is one. Many thanks again to RadioShack and Peter from Team Hope.

Met Bob & Clark below Lock & Dam #11 in Dubuque this afternoon, and fed them a lunch of Subway sandwiches and ice cream (the latter a gift from the Dairy Queen in Wabasha, Minnesota). Both paddlers were in great spirits, having slept for four hours on shore in Guttenberg, IA, and having made great time from Lock/Dam #10 to #11. I downloaded the data from their on-board GPS, and noted the following:

Between Lock/Dam #9 (near Lynxville, IA) and Lock/Dam #10 (Guttenberg, IA), they averaged 4.8 miles per hour.
Between L/D #10 and L/D #11 (Dubuque), they averaged 4.9mph.

The road crew is now waiting below the lock at Lock/Dam #12, where we expect Bob & Clark to arrive sometime around 19h00.

--AMG

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Strange Things Happen in Strange Towns

We were in the sleepy village of Anytown, USA (name changed) during our travels, looking for a post office. We spotted a teenager walking a dog, and asked her if she knew where the post office was. She thought about it for a moment, then replied hesitantly "no, I'm not really sure." We continued on and asked the next person we saw, about a block later. She informed us that to get to the post office we had to turn left at the next intersection, then left again, and that the post office was on the left. Just as we were pulling up in front of the post office and parking, we noticed the same girl with a dog whom we had seen a few minutes earlier. She walked down the sidewalk to a house directly across the street from the post office, and went inside.

I guess Hunter S. Thompson was right:

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

--AMG

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Bob & Clark left the boat ramp below L/D #12 shortly after 20h30. The road crew will meet them around 01h00 in Sabula, Iowa.

--AMG

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After what obviously was a good paddling day, I received this email at 9:45pm CDT:
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2003
Subject: Good job! Keep going!
To: The Whole Crew, and Bob & Clark
Wow, Good job, keep going. I hope the wind will be at your back, you will always be going down stream. Get some sleep! It was a real treat for me to paddle with you guys for a day. You have a determination and a goal that shows in a very positive way.
Best of Luck, Keith