I officially began my journey on June 19th, 2010, but the idea had been germinating for over a year. John Guider and his book The River Inside planted the seed. I first became aware of John’s adventure while living in Tennessee, where I had been kayaking the always beautiful, sometimes exciting rivers in the area for about five years. The book chronicles John’s solo canoe journey from his backyard in Franklin TN to New Orleans via the Mississippi River. www.johnguider.com The thought of going away, alone, camping and paddling really resonated with me, especially since I was at such a crossroads in my life with a milestone birthday approaching.