The Mississippi by Raft [NOOK Book]


The first thing you will learn about the Mississippi River if you travel the length of it, is that “Tug Boats Rule.”
These “monsters” that are pushing their massive loads in barges, both rule the day and the night and take no prisoners.
For if someone tells you that they traveled the river and do not inform you of this, then they have done you a grave disservice.
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The Mississippi by Raft

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The first thing you will learn about the Mississippi River if you travel the length of it, is that “Tug Boats Rule.”
These “monsters” that are pushing their massive loads in barges, both rule the day and the night and take no prisoners.
For if someone tells you that they traveled the river and do not inform you of this, then they have done you a grave disservice.
For either they hugged the shoreline the whole way, so as to keep themselves out of harm’s way, or they didn’t go at all.
If you intend to travel this majestic and mighty river by raft, canoe or kayak then you must know this critical fact, otherwise your life will be in imminent danger.
For those of us who went the distance in the sea-lane or center of the channel, learned quickly, that tugboats are to the Mississippi River as great white sharks are to the oceans.
You must give them a wide berth and pay homage to them or you will pay the ultimate price.
The second thing you must be told about the Mississippi River is that the river is alive, a living being, but not “Old Man River.”
Yes, she is a living being, a woman, a mother and a teacher who will embrace you with her love, tenderness and beauty. But as a teacher and a mother, you must pay attention and listen to her advice for your survival depends on it or you will die.
The third thing you must be told is that the American people who live along the riverbanks of this great river have to be the kindest and sweetest people you will ever meet.
For from them, they restored my faith, renewed my dreams and from their simple humanity, I was born again.
That said, come join three Detroit city white boys, who bought a $50.00 rubber raft and a small trolling outboard engine with a broken propeller to take on the mighty Mississippi.
We were clueless about waterways and rivers but a gentleman’s bet pushed us to the limits and outside the envelope of what most people can only dream about.
During our journey we gained the respect of the rivermen and the twenty-nine lockmasters that monitored us throughout our near 30-day adventure.
Come follow our true story as three young men with $150.00 each and a $50.00 rubber raft navigate the mighty Mississippi with all its dangers at eye level.
Follow us, as we and four other teams of young men from across the nation who met a different fate then ours, challenged the mighty Mississippi by canoe and small rafts.
Join us as we travel through the heartland of America with just gas station maps and a $10 dollar compass to point the way in this heart-warming venture.
Experience the dangers that we encountered as we face broken dams, breached levees, flooding conditions, snakes, raging whirlpools and the dreaded "four stackers" that took the lives of our friends.
See how an old black man in the bayous saved our lives as if an angel like in the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The Hollywood movie, "Deliverance" is fictional and the actors play "pretend” but our names are real and our story is true, so follow us as we travel at wave level 2,300 miles and 29 locks down the mighty Mississippi.
I, Richard, invite you to come join my friends, Dave and Tonsabuns, who lived the dream of the young at heart as I recall the greatest trip of my lifetime.
Lastly, as an epitaph to the memory of my dear friends who have since disappeared and to those eight young men who perished who will rise again to the sure and certain resurrection to the life of the world to come when the Mississippi River shall give up her dead.
I, Richard, last man standing, write this in remembrance of yous.
Now, we are immortal.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012673923
  • Publisher: Michigan Polygraph Services Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 116
  • File size: 93 KB

Meet the Author

Retired twenty-five year Lawman, State Certified Police S.W.A.T. Officer and Bomb Squad Supervisor seven years.
Thirty-five years State of Michigan Licensed and Certified Public/ Private Polygraph Examiner with an A+ Rating Better Business Bureau. Expert Witness.
Eighteen years State of Michigan Licensed Private Investigator/Private Eye.
Military/Federal/Civilian trained Certified High Explosive Bomb Technician. Trained in part with, C.I.A., F.B.I., A.T.F.,U.S. Navy U.D.T, Israeli’s and New York Bomb Squad Technicians.
Licensed Aircraft Pilot. N.A.U.I Certified Scuba Diver.
Four time Marathon Runner, including Boston.
United States Marine Corps Captain with a Top Secret Clearance.
Brought under armed conditions the “Out of Country” votes and registrations of the newly developing and democratic nation of Iraq to concerned parties in Washington D.C.
Bachelor Degree in International Politics, University of Michigan.
Masters Degree(s) in Criminal Justice and Correctional Science, University of Detroit.
Traveled all of the Continental United States.
My books are true, written about adventure and exploration including conspiracies theories that I was directly involved in.
My primary books are about real crime that I experienced first hand as a professional interrogator in the streets and prisons of America.
As a Lawman, I learned the heart of America, as a Polygraph Interrogator and Private Eye who entered into the homes; I learned the soul of America.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Mississippi by Raft

    Wow, what an adventure. It was incredible the challenges that were undertaken and how they were overcome.
    It was a miracle they survived and how close they came to death's door like their friends.
    A lifetime of experience all within one month on $150 dollars, sounds like a good deal.
    Many a man, once a boy with dreams, surely would have enjoyed an adventure like this once in a lifetime. An incredible journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Hell of an Adventure

    It must have been an incredible journey, definitely not for the faint of heart by no means. I would think after almost getting suck down by the whirl-pools or sucked up by tornado's, bitten by snakes in flooding conditions everywhere only to almost killed by the "Tugs" would have got me to wonder what I got myself into.
    When they practically get lost in the Bayous only to be saved by a mysterious black man who appears out of nowhere, leads me to believe someone had "angels on their shoulder."
    When I consider the eight young men who died in canoes and kayaks who were also heading to the Gulf of Mexico and how close these three came to dying like them especially after being chased by the "four stackers" tells me their guardian angels had to be exhausted by the end of the journey.

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