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A little delayed, but what isn't these days?

Time to Take Off

We're running around this morning, in typical manic leave-taking fashion. Before 8 a.m. we'd already been to the county dump to empty the massive collection of recyclables that threatened to impede the door into the garage. I realized that we hadn't made that trip since before the New River Expedition. It was time for sure.

Today is the day. Think about me around 7:00 tonight, when I'll be standing up in front of strangers (good), friends and family (much scarier) to do my reading at Malaprops in Asheville.  Read More 
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Big Time Friday Night

I'm slowly getting back into the outside world as I recover from my back injury. Sometimes I feel like it's a slow go, but this is actually only week five of the saga, and from all I've heard from others who have dealt with degenerative disc disease and disc ruptures, I've nothing to whine about.
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It's a Wrap!

Wa hoo. Just got home and I am pooped. We have all survived the New River Expedition. I will need some time to decompress from all of this for sure. Read More 
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Winding Up

Heading out tomorrow as soon as I finish my duties on the Ashe County Board of Elections in the a.m. It's the final time packing things up and setting out. West Virginia - Hawk's Nest State Park - is my destination. It's supposed to be really cool. A tram, a lodge, a party, and then  Read More 
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Last Weekend of the Expedition

I figured out yesterday that today is the first day I've had off since we began the Expedition on July 20. Even when off the River, I've been in the office. So, I'm pretty tired.

I have been amusing myself (and staying sane) by imagining all the things I can do in September to chill  Read More 
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Day 17 - Last Leg Begins

Day 17, the first day of the last 8 days... whew, I must admit I'm pretty tired. It feels like coming up to the end of an election.

(Before I forget, go to www.wvtf.org, click on "view all news" and scroll down to the latest audio postcard by Tim Thornton about the New River Expedition."

I sent everyone off with the most updated itineraries and my fingers crossed that people will show up where they're supposed to and that we'll have what we  Read More 
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Day 15

Last night we had a wonderful event at Anne Goette's and Rick Claus' house in Eggleston, VA. They call it Bellebend, and boy is it ever. Many clean up volunteers from ReNew the New in Giles County, and other supporters, made it a very homey event.

But the highlight for me came later. We camped down by the river (see the picture at right) and watched the moon come up over the cliffs across the River. Train tracks run along below the cliffs and their whistles were fantastically bounced around during the night. Read More 
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Day 11 Floated By

It's been raining a good bit over the last few days. Suffice it say, our tent does not leak, a happy event indeed.

In addition to getting wet in the on again-off again rain through Sunday, there have been a few spills by just about everyone, but nothing major -- no injuries and only one lost fishing pole. Henry lost his "ready to fish" outfit I got him at the local grocery store on Friday. He was, up until then, the most prolific of the fishing folks on the trip. Read More 
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Day 9 Coming Up

Well, everyone survived the first challenging rapids in good order, if a little wetter. We had rain on-and-off throughout the day, with sunshine finally showing right at the end of the day. Read More 
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Day Seven Underway

Here I sit in the drizzle at the public boat ramp below HWY 21 in Independence, Virginia. It's 68 degrees by my car thermometer. And here comes more rain; it's still falling rather softly, but the volume has picked up. The New River Campground somewhere in the vicinity has an open wireless network, so I've hopped on to take a blog break and do some work. Read More 
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