July 5

After packing up and listening to thunder, I made the decision to wait till the first part of the storm cell passed before taking off. Thank goodness I did as the storm was pretty gnarly. As I sat under my tarp, I was getting small windows of service and was reading a post from a team of 4 guys who were trying to break the speed record of the Mississippi River. They just called it quits after 15 days and the record is 18. Pretty impressive. But as I was looking at their tracker, it looks completely different than mine. Besides the speed, when they go around a bend, they take the outside. I always take the inside. My logic is it's the shortest distance. Their logic is they are in the current. Now I'm not sure if it's easier so they can go long distances or if it's faster. But I thought I would give it a try. I'm still not 100% sure if it's faster, but I'm going to keep trying to figure it out. What else do I have to do besides go down stream?