Planning and Planning and Planning

When I got this idea to go down the Ohio River I knew it was going to take some planning, but this much? Oh my goodness. Then I add to it the task of being a fund raiser for Paddle for Heroes, and that even makes it more planning. Today I am finding all the AMVETS and American Legion Posts along my route so I can send them a email letting them know I will be coming through. I am also compiling a list of all the law enforcement, ems and fire departments along the route to send them my pamphlet and let them know when I am coming through. So when they get the 911 call, they can say, “oh yea, that is that old fart that is trying to paddle the entire Ohio River,” and then come save me!

Worked on all my flags for my boat last night. I will not have all of them on the boat at the same time, all of the time. Most of the time, I think “Old Glory” will be enough. There will be times when I will put them all on (American, Ohio, MIA/POW, Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Paddle for Heroes, Live A Great Story)

I ordered some stickers to put on the boat from AMVETS and American Legion and DAV which I am a member of. I will also need to get some stickers from Joey for Paddle for Heroes.

He is giving me this flag to fly proudly on my boat and I sure will be. This group has helped me so much over the past two years. They have given me purpose and helped me change my lifestyle for the better. I went to my doctor yesterday and all my lab work came back perfect, I am totally healthy and in good shape. He supports and approves me doing all my adventures this year and he and his nurses will be keeping track of me while I am on the river. It is nice now that If I need to see my doctor all I have to do is pick up my phone and have a video conference. The joys of modern life!

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