Platte River Bar & Grill to St. Louis, Missouri
Last night I did a bike ride with a boating buddy that started and finished at the Platte River Bar and Grill in Littleton. Out back behind the bar, a gentleman by the name of Churchill "Shirtkill" Clark (aka Captain Clark) was carving a 20' x 3' log into a 16' dugout canoe! He has been at it for 6 weeks (all by hand, no power tools) and plans on finishing and launching next week.
The plan? Float from the bar to St Louis, Missouri! Down the South Platte to the Platte and down the Missouri to the Mississippi and into St Louis. I would say he was crazy, except this was his fourth dugout canoe and in 2004 he did the whole Lewis and Clark route, up the Missouri, over the mountains and down the Snake/Columbia to the Pacific ocean AND THEN back to St. Louis!!! His other three dugout canoes are all in museums after epic trips.
If you get the chance to stop by the Platte River Bar and Grill in the next week, DO IT!!! And bring beer, its hard, thirsty work!