Rivergator #010: River People, PART 1

Along the way, we've met countless of folks along the River, in towns we stop, at boat ramps. Some of friends, some are strangers. We are brought together by our mission on the river, as well as their lives based around the river. As John says, The River Connects Us All. Thanks for all of the baked goods, conversations, different viewpoints, all the extra efforts for looking for lost cell phones, entertainment, stories, and encouragement. You fuel the fire and illuminate the Rivergator story.

Earl pulled up, curious, during our portage at the St. Louis lock-and-dam. He had a truck and offered to help us portage our kitchen, heavy cooler. Made our lives easier and his easy presence was welcoming at that moment.

Earl pulled up, curious, during our portage at the St. Louis lock-and-dam. He had a truck and offered to help us portage our kitchen, heavy cooler. Made our lives easier and his easy presence was welcoming at that moment.

Jimmy Cheatham, a towboat driver we met in New Madrid, MO. He sat and chatted with us for nearly an hour after lunch while we recharged electronics and refueled with burgers and miscellaneous groceries. It was great to exchange viewpoints with a tow driver, because we see and interact with them passively every day. I am eager to hear and see more from that side of the industry.

Jimmy Cheatham, a towboat driver we met in New Madrid, MO. He sat and chatted with us for nearly an hour after lunch while we recharged electronics and refueled with burgers and miscellaneous groceries. It was great to exchange viewpoints with a tow driver, because we see and interact with them passively every day. I am eager to hear and see more from that side of the industry.

Ken Jones is a friend of the Rivergator, and met us in Caruthersville, MO. He helped look for my lost telephone under the Caruthersville Bridge, he is a bona fide Abraham Lincoln impersonator, teacher, and advocate for the study and return of the interior least tern (bird).

Ken Jones is a friend of the Rivergator, and met us in Caruthersville, MO. He helped look for my lost telephone under the Caruthersville Bridge, he is a bona fide Abraham Lincoln impersonator, teacher, and advocate for the study and return of the interior least tern (bird).

Willie Nelson! Or Uncle Jesse, apparently. Would love this fine man's name and for someone to thank him for his company.

Willie Nelson! Or Uncle Jesse, apparently. Would love this fine man's name and for someone to thank him for his company.