2003 World Record Set:
18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!
Mississippi River Challenge for
- May 10, 2003 6 AM to May 28, 10:51 AM 2003-
A 2,348 Mile Marathon to Support a Marathon of Research!
May 27, Tuesday
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
01h08 at White Castle Ferry Landing.
It has been another event-filled day for Team Hope. Mike and I left with Bob & Clark from Knox Landing this morning for a 14-mile paddle. I shot some really cool video footage of the paddlers, including clips of Bob & Clark passing a barge, Clark snoring, and Bob falling asleep while paddling. There was some confusion concerning where Mike and I would be picked up (the Angola ferry landing has two locations on the west bank). A few sat phone calls later and we determined that the crew was at one of the two ferry landings, while Mike, Bob, Clark and I were at the other. Mike and I gave Clark & Bob the drinks we had in our canoe, and they departed. Mike and I talked to the Ferry captain and watched the local wildlife (including a six-foot gator) while waiting to be picked up by the road crew.
The three road
crew vehicles travelled to Baton Rouge, where we set up camp near
the Argosy Casino. Angie, Mike, Denise and I took off in Angie's
car to get a pizza. We found a Domino's Pizza, went inside, and
ordered. Denise went back to the car to wait for us. As she was
sitting there, she heard the squealing of tires, and looked up in
time to see a pickup truck rear-end a car stopped at a stoplight
in front of the Domino's. From inside we heard the crash, and looked
outside to see that three vehicles had been involved in an accident.
We told the Domino's employees to call 911, and rushed outside.
I went to each
of the three vehicles and asked if everything was alright. An elderly
woman in the middle car--who had apparently been rear-ended and
then struck the car in front of her--was clearly in pain. I asked
her where she was injured, and she said that her neck hurt. I told
her that we had called the police, and that they would be there
soon. I stayed next to the driver's side door of her car, and waved
cars by who came up behind us. I had Mike bring me a piece of paper
and the sat phone, and I asked the woman if there was anyone I could
call for her to let them know what had happened and where she was.
I tried her son, but he was not home. I then tried her neighbor,
and when I reached her, explained what had happened and where we
were. They drove down to the scene--which was just a few blocks
from their house--about ten minutes later. The police and ambulance
arrived after what seemed like a long wait (about 20 minutes), and,
as it appeared the situation was under control, we departed for
at the Casino, we saw that Don Keller and Desiree Loeb-Guth were
there to meet us. Desiree had a HUGE banner with her, which we strung
up between two of our vehicles. When Bob & Clark arrived at around
18h00, we used the banner as a backdrop for lots of photos. Several
reporters were there, and they commenced to taking pictures and
interviewing the paddlers and crew. In between photos and interview
questions, Bob & Clark gobbled down a Domino's Supreme pizza. After
a short break, they were back on the water. Bob prepared to take
a nap as Clark paddled away under the Casino bridge.
Crew Finish Time Bets
Denise: 8 AM,
I just heard that the boat will arrive in Norco La. sometime around
11a. That puts them in New Orleans at about 6p. Andrew/Stan please
let me know if we will be on the Algiers side or the NO side near
the moon walk .
called to say he wanted to give me a jingle while Clark paddled
(finally!). They are are mile marker 151 or 152, and gave me the
lat/long to call in for our maps. They hit heavy heavy fog at mile
marker 170 or so and have been going fairly slow, for safety.
I told him
about our bet for the final time and told him I was betting they
would finish Wednesday, and that most guesses were for Wednesday.
When I asked him his best bet, he said, "Well, what's today?" I
told him Tuesday, he said "Well, yeah, probably tomorrow during
the daylight". I asked for a more specific guess but he refused
to cooperate, citing that I was pumping him for information so I
could win.... and then saying if he guesses a certain time, he might
speed up or slow down to make it....he also informed me that betting
was illegal and kept laughing and he kept laughing and kept changing
He said Clark
was paddling hard and fast, gritting his teeth as he went, and Bob
hoped Clark was not going to break the paddle..... and then said
he was going to sleep now..... Good night Bob!
Wednesday May 28, 11:32 a.m.
It Now looks
like the team will be in Algiers/New Orleans this evening around
7pm. They will most likely pull up on the Algiers Point ferry
dock. New Orleans area folks should come and join us on the levee
this evening while we wait for the crew. To get there take the
canal St. Ferry across to Algiers or drive over the bridge and
look for us at the ferry.
Heard from Stan
at 9:45am. He indicated he achieved his own world record a short
time ago -- slept for three straight, uninterrupted hours! We discussed
his shattering that record in just a couple days, when he plans to
go for eight!
When Clark &
Bob went thru Baton Rouge yesterday, the crew got some good video
of them paddling with the Coast Guard vessel behind them. Must have
been quite a sight -- a low 18' canoe followed by a towering 55' vessel!
The support crew
is waiting for Bob & Clark in Norco, LA. As soon as the crew arrived
last night, they were quickly spotted and visited by a Shell Oil security
truck. It was right on their tail to check on them - just to be sure
they weren't members of some terrorist organization. Hehehe. What
a sight that must have been! I'm sure our bedraggled Team Hope Support
Crew looked somewhat questionable.....
are expected in about 4 to 5 hours (from 9:45). That seems like quite
a long stop at one location, but Stan reminded me it is a 50-mile
stretch since their last meeting. Currently the weather is cool,
with a nice breeze. He has on his shorts for the first time - yesterday
he described as miserably hot. They are on a huge point, so the paddlers
shouldn't have any problems finding them. According to Stan, they
have "nothing to do for three or four more hours."
Two Rett families
showed up this morning, one person being Karen Miller. Karen was
a big help to the Double Helix Team two years ago. They brought
- bless them - Krispy Kreme donuts, fresh fruit, coffee, milk, orange
juice, and who knows what else! They are taking the crew back in
shifts to Karen's home so they can shower and clean up - getting all
the crew excited over this prospect! Stan said he had a Wet Ones
bath just last night & feels pretty good, so he doesn't know what
the commotion is all about! After the paddlers arrive, the families
will be serving a Cajun Pasta dinner for all. Mmmmm, gooood!
Just a quick
call from Stan at 5:45pm. The crew is at the Algiers Ferry which leads
into New Orleans. They are expecting Clark & Bob around 6:30pm.
about 6:45 PM CST from Algiers Point, LA. Said it was a long, hard
haul today, very windy. Baton Rouge to New Orleans was a nasty ride
- big waves (6 to 8 feet rolling...), big wind, and big barges. There
was heavy fog last night, which required both of them to paddle, and
neither Bob nor Clark got much sleep today either. Clark sounded tired.
Their next spot to meet the road crew is Belle Chase, LA to restock.
at the Norco, LA boat ramp at around 06h30 this morning, the crew
got some much-needed shut-eye. Karen Miller arrived at the boat ramp
From Dana Hanson
earlier, I forgot to blog it:
Two other women
with Karen Miller are Angie Cohoes and her sister Kara.
Around noon today,
the crew received a call from Bob & Clark. The wind
By 1pm, everybody
(including the paddlers) is at Norco, LA (River Mile 127).
They have tentatively
decided on all the remaining stops. Once they leave
Once they arrive
in Venice (RM 10), they will be escorted by one of the
Can you believe
the end is so close?! Has Mary extended the time within
Mary and Dana
You both are
doing a great job keeping us all informed. I keep coming back to the
computer every few minutes to see if there is a new update. There
are a lot of people wishing the best for TEAM HOPE. Thanks for your
hard work! We'll be waiting for the great news tomorrow (around 11:32
At Norco, LA: