THE OLD MAN AND THE RIVER XII

6/7/2022      

Most stories end in an overview so that the reader is satisfied that they know the Paul Harvey version: THE REST OF THE STORY. This one involves the fate of the GIMPY GUPPY. After its completion of the goal to ply the murky stew of the Mississippi River between Dubuque and Stillwater, 1 needs to look at how this trip came to be. With a million adventurous people out there doing incredible journeys, very few write of their experiences, while even fewer get published. From this point, 1 must read the book, be inspired, and then act, to do what they dream. This leaves a tiny percentage that actually gets out there and does something. Somewhere in Bill’s life, he read a few travel books and saw something of importance in their tales. Walking across continents, hiking complete mountain ranges, boating entirely across the US, or trying to circumnavigate the island of Greenland in a kayak, were beyond Bill’s physical and financial means. So, he decided to downsize and do sissy trips to give him some sense of what adventure really is. Since childhood, Bill always wondered what lay beyond that horizon and reading painted a picture of fantastic scenery in lands beyond one’s vision. Bill’s trip up the river was far from unique, dangerous, or wild, but what fantastic things he saw in all trips is engraved in his memory until he takes his final journey up a smokestack (cremated). Such is the reward of getting off one’s ass and 3D viewing your own temporary planet without thought of profit or material gain.  When ordinary people look at a map, they think what kind of restaurants and shops lie nearby. When a loner looks, he recalls the moments in time as he transported his carcass across that area unaided and independent. The GIMPY GUPPY was sold to a father/son team that were going together, somewhere with their new cruiser. The asking price was originally $1,100. For them, it was reduced to $1. The boy gave Bill a $2 Jefferson, twice the asking price. 

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