- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books (May 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803271883
- ISBN-13: 978-0803271883
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer Hardcover – May 1, 2015
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“This is a work of strength and beauty, of care and courage. Patrick Dobson’s voyage down the length of the Missouri River is not simply one of self-discovery, but a journey that allows the reader to look inward as well. . . . We are fortunate to be able to share in his odyssey of exuberance and discovery.”—Alan Boye, author of Just Walking the Hills of Vermont and Sustainable Compromises(Alan Boye 2014-09-16)
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First I need to point out that he actually didn't cover the complete distance in his canoe. The Missouri River has a number of large dams holding large lakes. The author decided to catch a ride around most of the reservoirs. Thanks to his gift of gab he was able to get a free ride of a couple hundred miles for both himself and his canoe. The average velocity of the river flow is about three feet per second, so moving on the flowing water of the river requires considerably less paddling effort than what would be required crossing a reservoir.
The total trip is about 1400 miles so he still spent plenty of time on the river. This provided him an abundance of time to ruminate about his life and, in this opinion, what a mess of things he had made. So he made his journey down the river into something of a self directed therapy session. Of course he camped at night, and encountered other people, including police, on a regular basis.
He encountered another canoeist on the river in Nebraska and thus was able to travel the final couple hundred miles with some companionship.
It's good to read a book that reminds the reader of how adventure can be found on the river. For most of us land lubbers the river is only a barrier where most of the roads and streets stop and in order to get to the other side requires finding a highway or main thoroughfare with a bridge.
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