Day 6

May 14th, 2019

36 miles in ripping NW headwinds.

On the water at 6:00 a.m., we are getting marginally faster each day. We started the morning with a short stretch to the dam. The workers were nice enough to let us portage through their site as a short cut. The weather and scenery were beautiful today, but the winds blew hard. Luckily, the swift current of the Winnipeg River kept us moving at a decent pace.

We started looking for camp at 6:30 p.m. and found a small site within the hour. However, Axel and Paul looked around the corner to find a paradise campsite with infrastructure. Unfortunately, the other two boats had already unloaded. Paul waved us down and we reluctantly agreed. The campsite was worth it though.

Today was the toughest day yet, and the first day we really earned 6,000 plus calories.

Bram Lloyd

The next few weeks we will be introducing ourselves. Here is a little bit about Bram Lloyd:

Hi, friends. Meet Bram Lloyd, the trip’s youngest and most muscled member. Bram is an absolute cannon to bring on a canoe trip. He will find a solution to any problem, even if it’s not immediately evident, desirable, or intelligent.

For example, Bram elects to show up to work over an hour early to avoid the burdens of car ownership, and he willfully burns the beans to ensure that they are not too watery.

We are all looking forward to carrying the extra mass that Bram has been cultivating this winter in preparation for the trip.

The Source Runs North

Where do you start”? Everyone asks us late into the night, to which we reply “THE SOURCE!” Camp Kooch-i-ching, a wilderness tripping camp in the Boundary Waters. It is there we all met as boys, discovered our love for the outdoors, and became friends with other amazing men and women who have inspired us, through their own adventures, to embark on this trip.

For these reasons, we begin at the source.

It’s pretty much North from there.