The mid-day heat index is above 100 and rising for the next 3 days. It's important to get on the water early when it's cool, break mid-day and paddle late until seeking camp. The heat is bearable if I stay fed and hydrated but every now and then a "heatache" comes on and it's time to pull over and dip the straw hat. Getting up early has its perks.
I stopped in to Hannibal, MO, Mark Twain's boyhood hometown. I walked all over and found shelter in the library for an hour or two. This served to convince me that it's nice to cool down in AC but makes the heat feel that much more oppressive when stepping back outside. The town was banking in on rhe tourist trade and the familiar retired vacationers and shops/restaurants for them to dispose of income avound. The score of the day were 3 cukes for $1 from the Marketplace. Fresh veggies from and garden!
This is valuable morning time so onward i paddle. Catch up soon