July 17

Somehow, someway, I am going to learn to get up early to beat the heat. I was on the river by 9 this morning, which is early for me. I got about 20 miles in before I felt myself almost passing out from the heat. I figured I would find a shady beach and take a break for an hour to cool off. I finally found one and decided I should set up my hammock and relax. I actually have two hammocks with me. One with bugnetting and a tarp. And one for just lounging. I chose the latter because it's easy (to setup) and breezy. I was miserable. I should have just kept paddling. The clouds would shift and my shade was gone. And the bugs were even more annoying. After I realized I couldn't take it any more I saddled up and headed back into battle. I got to thinking how sometimes it's better to just fight through the pain and discomfort to get where you're you want to go.