AuthorI'm a vagabond, author and "modern-day Huck Finn" who solo canoed the Mississippi River -- AMA!
Feb 21st 2018 by moderndayhuck • 9 Questions • 22 Points
Hi, my name is Neal, I'm a long-distance paddler, storyteller, and author who crossed the nation Huckleberry Finn-style by canoeing the length of the Mississippi River, camping on islands, meeting up with characters of all stripes, and sharing their stories - which CNN was kind enough to broadcast - and the folks at the Mark Twain Museum were generous enough to publish
My proof: https://imgur.com/a/b1lpE
I'm about to launch out onto a new cross-country canoe adventure - to include traversing 22 rivers, 22 states, 100 towns and 7,500 miles across America (by canoe). And this time around - from the Pacific to the Continental Divide to the Big Easy to the Great Lakes to the Statue of Liberty - I'd love to invite you along for the ride @ http://www.alittlewake.com
Ask me anything!
Edit: Cheers for your comments. I'm gonna take a break here and come back in a few hours. If you've got any other questions feel free to post!
I've followed your trips in America and Africa and enjoyed the pictures and stories. I admire people like you that have the drive to get out and see the world. I am in love with other cultures and how they interact with the world but have largely stuck to the scripted version of life ie school, marriage/family, work, etc.
What gives you the drive to keep exploring and telling stories? How do you see yourself differently compared to the 'on track's lifestyle.
Keep exploring! I love watching the results of your trips.
Thanks for following along.
I've been in love with the idea of travelling and storytelling for as long as I can remember -- and the thing is, the more you do it, it's like an addiction, you just have to keep going. And plot and plan what might be next.
I’m in awe of friends and family who settle down and start a family.
I think the ideal life is that of Huckleberry Finn, and I love the fact we have no idea what happened to Tom Blankenship.
What was the most frightening experience along the way?
The first question that I normally get is - tell me about the time you almost died!
The river comes at you in stages so when you get to the scary parts it's a bit easier to digest.
There were a couple of times that I felt it might be curtains.
Once, paddling up the Ohio from where it meets the Mississippi to get to the hole in the levee wall at Cairo - in the dark and thick fog and raging current against me (for hours).
And the next when an island I was sleeping on just downriver from Hickman, Kentucky (Moore Island) disappeared in the middle of the night after the river rose about 10 feet. So I got evicted. It was 3:30am and I was forced to launch out into the raging waves full of tree trunks and other debris. The wind and rain were sideways and I had to paddle until daylight when I see a way to get out.