I'm almost ready to start this road trip. Just a few more things on my to-do list that need to be done.
After going through some guide books and listing everything I want to do along The River, I have one problem:
- Too much to do in too little time.
One way I'm dealing with my time limitation is to cut off the two ends of the river:
- I'll be starting in Minneapolis (my home) and not from Lake Itasca (the source of the Mississippi). This will save the 200 miles from Minneapolis to Itasca (by a direct route) and 430 miles back along the (still frozen) Mississippi.
- I'm actually be skipping all of the St. Paul part of the river and start the real trip in Red Wing MN (far SE corner of the Twin Cities metro area). I figure I can drive the river road here any time.
- I'll be ending in New Orleans, not at Venice, LA--the town at the end of the road near the actual mouth of the Mississippi.
I will also be twittering along the way at http://www.twitter.com//sheldonM