I am planning a canoe trip down the Mississippi River starting in Lake Itasca, MN. I honestly don't have a whole lot of experience canoeing. Am I crazy for planning this?
I am looking around for a nice solo canoe. I'm looking at both the Old Town Guide 119 and also the Old Town Pack. Obviously the Guide is more on the cheaper end, is a bit heavier, and probably much slower. Any suggestions for this trip?
How are the waters on the Mississippi starting from Lake Itasca? From what I know, the current is slower in that part of the river. Is it generally easier up at the starting point than, say, down between Iowa and Illinois?
Any recommendations or advice is greatly appreciated!