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  (From my FaceBook page ("About me") where I'm working out all the details).

  With a background in geology, biology, philosophy and fine arts I have finally lost my taste for modern civilization along with having no family obligations since my son is on his way with his career in computer graphics. So, for a year now, I have been planning to become "homeless by choice" or maybe "running away as an adult" in the late spring/early summer of 2014 and exploring the range of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries via a canoe. My plans are on selling my homestead in the woods late 2013 (then eventually taking my government retirement benefits) and using them to: 1. Aid the homeless at the many camps along the rivers with food, clothing, life necessities, Bible handouts; 2. Do my Christian pen & ink drawings on Christian themes and a bit of sketching & photographing nature, and 3. To collect and study rocks, fossils and nature for donating to schools and museums.
  I will explore north during warm seasons and south during cold, all travel will be by canoe and mostly camping along the way (with a monthly several days stay at motel for a nice hot bath). Blending elements from both primitive and modern technology (via solar chargers) should provide a fairly comfortable journey with digital versions of favorite books, music and movies. I will set up a bank, mailing address and storage units at Cairo, IL (where the Ohio meets the Mississippi) and New Orleans, LA (which opens up the gulf and eastern states) in addition to my hometown, Lancaster, Ohio.   Much of 2013 (as half of 2012 was) will be spent in downloading and editing maps, ebooks and useful information and obtaining the needed gear with June or July 2014 as a departure date on a local stream that eventually makes its way to the Ohio River.  
  It has been a long time coming, but in many ways it's a lot like God having Moses lead the Israelites on a 40 year wandering through the desert to purge and mold them to His way. I've certainly been purged and molded again and again since both sets of grandparents started calling me "That onery boy".   It is going to be quite an adventure and perhaps I will do a bit of the Will of God along the way. But I am still "That onery boy", so we will see.


"Your faith is what you do" (late Gordon L. Groby of Ohio University, retired Professor of Philosophy and Bishop of the Methodist Church, advisor, mentor and friend)

 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:35-40"

 "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall teach thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee." Job 12:8

"But as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord" Joshua 24:15


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Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 3:27am

Rest of 2013 is finishing map sets, finishing ebook downloads, continuing compiling area homeless outreach, agencies, organizing information on my studies. Early 2014 is completing my want list of camping, cooking, electronics, art & nature study supplies, music, movies. Expected departure early July.

Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 3:19am

US Army Corps of Engineers detail maps of main rivers (this is 1 of 118 that cover the Tennessee river). Like USACE for inland waters, NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency) has detailed charts of coastal waters.

Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 3:11am

Detail watershed maps of each state (Tennessee river in Alabama as example). July I tested the new canoe fully equipped & Coast Guard approved (outriggers to eliminate tipping and better handling in rougher water and coastal areas). With me and fully loaded to 500lbs it needs 6 inches of water to easily paddle in, so lots of small creeks can be explored.

Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 3:04am

A detail map (Alabama example) of main rivers of each state (have matching maps of city/roads,  counties, elevations, rivers, satellite and geologic maps (rest of 2013 is is compiling topographic maps of each states).

Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 3:00am

My "Main Adventure Area" of the Ohio & Miss Rivers, also have western interior, east coast, great lakes and west coast areas on back burners, but this area covers my primary interest of fossils, especiall microfossils. From Ithica NY to New Orleans, LA by river it is 2330 miles (there some web sites about paddlers doing this run in 60-70 days: I'll be going a lot slowler to distribute homeless backpacks, supplies, Bibles & literature, and doing rock collecting.) Will add a mailing address, storage unit and banking accout at Cairo,  Illinois (where Ohio Rvr meets Mississippi Rvr) New Orleans, Louisiana and LaBelle, Florida as well as current Columbus, Ohio one).

Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 2:50am

A compilation from state maps of the main navigatable rivers of the US via the  Ohio & Miss Rivers and skimming gulf and east coast; can hit about 80% of National Parks and Forests along the way; (working on state parks I can reach).

Comment by Ricprimus on September 15, 2013 at 2:26am

Almost 9 months downloading, editing and compiling maps. nearly 65GB tucked away on external drive now. Rest of month is finishing Pacific Coast if I get to it soemday.  This map is a Wiki of the main tributaries of the Mississippi & Ohio River complex where many of the homeless camps are located.

Comment by Ricprimus on June 15, 2013 at 2:08pm

June is compiling lists of reachable cities and towns, national parks, national forests and state parks that I can reach by water.

Comment by Ricprimus on June 7, 2013 at 2:26pm

I think the majority of my real-life friends think it's nuts. But the handful of ones that know me best think it's a perfect way to finish my life. Advanced map I'm working on from state river maps shows it's possible to hit all but Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Nevada by skimming gulf and east coast; also can hit about 80% of National parks and forests. 3 different homeless missions in Florida where I'll spend dead winter at. Have been planning and upgrading camping equipment since mid-last year, making contacts with different missions, downloading detailed maps and river charts, getting favorite books in ebook format, ton of other details. Several web sites about people doing trip down river from New York to New Orleans, takes like 70 days of paddling, I'll be going a lot slower for my studies and about every city long way has a homeless camp outside of town. Lol, for all my trips abroad, I haven't seen that much of the US south and haven't been further west of Missouri so will see a lot of new sights, plants and critters. Kind of the coward's way of a homeless mission, far safer out in middle of nowhere than inner city areas of most big cities.

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