Rivergator #018: DAY 02 (Maps, Photos, Video)

Rivergator's one and only portage; The Chain of Rocks at Lock and Dam No. 27

Rivergator's one and only portage; The Chain of Rocks at Lock and Dam No. 27

US Army Corps Map, excerpt from Chart 126.

US Army Corps Map, excerpt from Chart 126.

The Grasshopper, a 29ft. voyageur-style canoe - handmade out of Louisiana bald cypress by John Ruskey and the Quapaw Canoe Company (Clarksdale, Miss.) - tackles Lock and Dam No. 27 on Day 02 of the nearly two-month long Rivergator Celebratory Expedition, paddling St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico.
View of Downtown St. Louis from our campsite on Mosenthein Island (backchannel). I wonder how many STL residents know this exists.

View of Downtown St. Louis from our campsite on Mosenthein Island (backchannel). I wonder how many STL residents know this exists.

GPS INFORMATION TRACKER (VIA INREACH SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR MAP

Date: 3/21/17

Start: Duck Island MMMM 195 (Lat: 38.807845 Lon: -90.123645)

End: Mosenthein Island MMMM 186 (Lat: 38.715843 Lon: -90.194475)

Time on river: 1 hr 51 min (11:28AM - 12:23PM; 3:09PM - 4:05PM)

Distance paddled: 8.38mi (13.49km)

Average speed: 5.37 mph

CLIMATOLOGY (VIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE):

Temperature: 56° F

Wind Speed: 10.4 (HIGHEST WIND SPEED 21 HIGHEST WIND DIRECTION N; HIGHEST GUST SPEED 27 HIGHEST GUST DIRECTION NE)

Sky Cover: 0.6 oktas*

Humidity: 56%

*In meteorology, an okta is a unit of measurement used to describe the amount of cloud cover at any given location such as a weather station. Sky conditions are estimated in terms of how many eighths of the sky are covered in cloud, ranging from 0 oktas (completely clear sky) through to 8 oktas (completely overcast). (via Wikipedia)

Author's note: The above weather measurements are averages for the recorded date. Please refer to the National Weather Service for more detailed records.