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– plus other commentary that I really don’t have any idea what to do with.

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  1. Ava
    Mar 07, 2010 @ 20:42:31

    Wish I was there!

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  2. DEWEY
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 16:28:29

    WHERE R ALL THE HOOTERS? R THERE ANY OUT WEST? B SAFE!!

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  3. Tom Haynie
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 17:23:05

    Plenty of ‘H-Utters’ out here for you buddy, pick a cow….

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  4. Steve & Penny
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 21:29:18

    Hi. We’re the couple on the tandem bike that you photographed near mullinville. Thanks for the tip about MT and his junk art.We spent a good part of the afternoon with him and it was very entertaining. Nice pics on your blog too!

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  5. Richard
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 23:11:46

    I have been watching with some jealousy and admiration. Not sure how one man could enjoy so much solitude, then I remembered that your grew up in a family of four women. 🙂 I know them and after some serious contemplation, it becomes clearer.

    Have a blast! You deserve it. Be safe in your travels!

    Richard

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    • Tom Haynie
      Sep 23, 2010 @ 09:16:57

      “Bingo!” Richard – I think you found something there….

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  6. Doreen Murgatroyd
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 10:57:42

    Liked you blog. I have added a link to it on one of my pages which is a page about worldwide paddling destinations.

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    • Tom Haynie
      Jan 05, 2011 @ 22:12:14

      Thanks Doreen, ‘preciate you stopping in, hope that you enjoy…

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  7. dienna reese
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 20:27:35

    hey(: so i decided to check this site out!! well it nice. thank you for keeping me compony on the.. in the… road lol(: i really enjoyed that ran outa gass picture.!! thank you again tom

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  8. Mike Brannon
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 18:27:47

    Tom,

    Have fun down there on that ole blackwater. That’s my old stompin grounds and I miss it. Take plenty of pics. Wish I could have gone but have to do a little classwork for the future. We cant all be footloose retired firemen. Haha. Hope you have a blast. Stay in touch.

    Mike Brannon

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    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Apr 20, 2013 @ 14:39:04

      Hey Mike – I understand. I remember going to Haz-Mat tech class at the time one of my class reunions was scheduled…. always a tough call. I guess its about learning to make a decision; and then moving on. thanks for considering – maybe next trip

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  9. Don
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 10:24:00

    Great site. Have you witnessed dgredation from the Dan river coal ash spill? I am looking for water front property near the damaged spill area. How bad is it?
    Are the some lakes that should be avoided?

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    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Feb 16, 2014 @ 08:44:06

      Have only heard the same (likely) as you in the news, hope to paddle some of the Dan in the spring – buy Don, it’s just water under the bridge.

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  10. Big-john
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 19:31:25

    Hello Tom!

    Lets go on a river trip!!!!! Well since I did climb a mountain it’s all down hill! 🙂

    Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level!
    This Gallery is from the 9 day western approach route and covers 55-60 miles.

    http://www.big-john-photography.com/Africa-2014/Killimanjaro-2014/

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    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Feb 18, 2014 @ 07:57:05

      Well I had wondered what you were up to – that’s awesome John, and a true adventure…way to go bud.

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  11. david
    Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:14:52

    The CO mountains won’t be a problem…it’s that extremely windy, monotonous, sunflower filled, baking heat of Kansas that breaks souls. Welcome “bac” Janis.

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  12. M.L.
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 20:19:00

    Do you have any waypoints for camping areas along the river that are not campgrounds or river camps?

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    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Oct 03, 2015 @ 13:34:09

      Which river? In the river adgenda for the Suwannee, Ideas post many of the boat ramps are noted; camping is ok

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  13. C Musgrave
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 14:23:27

    Hello, just a quick note, under the Suwannee River Mileage, trip ideas, the Alapaha Rise/Shelly Run is at mile marker 135.6. We manage the Wilderness Trail and had a call today, someone reading your blog and telling me about this Shelly Run at rm 153.6. Ha Ha took some work to figure out what he was talking about! Glad to see you are out there living the life!

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    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Nov 26, 2016 @ 14:35:32

      Thanks for the correction Cathy (some dyslexia on my end), thanks too for all that you guys do too, awesome trail – more folks appreciate your efforts than you may ever know. Tom

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  14. Bill G
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 07:17:08

    So, over the years I had told my Alligator Alley story several times. I’d just assumed it was an annual occurrence, but had never heard or read anything similar to it until today.
    Over the past 20ish years, I’d actually Googled it at least 2 or 3 times, certain to find at least some mention of it…again, with zero results, until today.
    I didn’t recall the exact date, or even year, but when I read your timestamp of Sept 1974, everything came into perfect alignment.

    It was the summer of 1974, my cousin Tony and I had just graduated high school and decided to roadtrip down to Florida in his new, hopped up Nova SS. There are several stories within stories made during that trip, but it was only that night we crossed Alligator Alley that I’d ever Googled.
    I remember us arriving late at night, traveling from the gulf coast, east, heading to Fort Lauderdale. It was late, we’d never heard of the Alley, and the several ominous posted signs warning us to make certain we had plenty of gas, and not to stop or get out of your car, created measurable anxiety.
    Of course, my 18 year old cousin’s strategy, in full agreement with his 18 year old knucklehead cousin (me), was to make the Alley trek at high speed. After all, it was the middle of the night, there were no others cars to be seen in this most desolate place, plus the numerous posted warning signs… coupled with 2 teenage jugheads driving a mid 70’s muscle car…a high speed run of it was the only logical conclusion.
    We decided our 1/2- 3/4 tank of gas was gonna have to do, and Tony spooled the Nova up to speed.
    Of course, within minutes we totally freaked out! Thud, thud, whack! What’s going on?! Thud, whack, thud. Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing? Whack, thud, thud. How is this possible? Thud, thud, whack! We have to stop and try to figure this out! This is insane!
    By the late hour we arrived at the Alley, it was literally covered with rabbit fur. Hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of tiny bunny dots overcoated the road, smashed by all of the earlier adventurers. This was nuts!
    We got back in and tried to proceed normally, but of course, there was nothing remotely normal that night.
    The tiny bunnies dove at the car lights and were smashed in a blink. We couldn’t even see them it’d happen so fast. They just darted from the roads edge, into our path, in what seemed like a steroid induced hyper suicide pact! It was impossible to drive and not flatten bunnies by the hundreds!
    What are we going to do? The countless posted signs warning us “Do Not Stop”, “Do Not Get Out of Your Car”. How’s our gas gauge now? Not great! Holy Crap!
    That experience that night was truly insane…

    Anyway, we somehow got across that desolate stretch of Death Bunny Alley, probably somewhere around 2:30AM, with that crazytrain experience burned into our memories forever.

    Thanks for sharing your version. It allowed me to record that surreal experience from 40+ years ago too.

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    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 11:16:51

      That’s Great Bill, coming onto the Alley from hwy 29 (Immokalee) we were not privy to any signs – Wow! – indeed, that experience that night was truly insane…. thanks for sharing, I feel a little more vindicated.

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