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Coldhearted River : A Canoe Odyssey Down the Cumberland - Kim Trevathan

Coldhearted River

A Canoe Odyssey Down the Cumberland

Paperback Published: 1st May 2006
ISBN: 9781572335301
Number Of Pages: 296

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Coldhearted River recounts the canoe odyssey of Kim Trevathan and photographer Randy Russell down the Cumberland River--almost 700 miles--from Harlan, Kentucky, through Middle Tennessee and Nashville, then back into western Kentucky, where it spills into the Ohio. The Cumberland presented spectacular gifts to the adventures: the morning when tiny fog tornadoes swirled gently around their paddles and the night above Cumberland Falls when they built a fire on a beach and watched rapids flash across the river. But, as it presented gifts, the river also presented danger. A fifteen-hour rain downstream of Wolf Creek Dam raised the river eight feet overnight, and a thunderstorm blew 60-mile-per-hour winds, forcing them to seek refuge under their canoe near a cornfield. Trevathan and Russell met many who helped them on their journey. Among others, a fisherman portaged them and their boat around a low-head dam near Pineville, and Vic Scoggin--who swam the length of the Cumberland in 1996--met them for a fried chicken dinner at Salt Creek Campground in Middle Tennessee. Coldhearted River explores the river's past, invoking the ghosts of the Shawnee and Cherokee, Daniel Boone and the French fur trappers who arrived before him, early settlers of Kentucky and Tennessee, such as James Robertson and John Donelson, and a binge-drinking ex-farmer named Ulysses Grant, who won his first significant battle at Fort Donelson, early in the Civil War. Entertaining and nostalgic, Coldhearted River will put readers at the bow of Trevathan and Russell's journey as the river controlled it--at its own pace, sometimes slow, sometimes fast and turbulent, but never dull, and never disappointing.

Editor's Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Headwatersp. 9
Thunder on the Riverp. 21
Elbow Roomp. 31
Getting Softp. 41
Upper Lake Cumberland: Hoist the Viking Sail!p. 51
A Buried Worldp. 61
Our Insanityp. 69
Good Samaritansp. 79
Long Rain, High Waterp. 87
River Peoplep. 95
McMillan's Ferry Nirvanap. 101
Normal Peoplep. 131
"Die, Refrigerator Fish!"p. 139
Between Realmsp. 151
Outlawsp. 163
A Long Way from Harlanp. 171
Welcome to Nashvillep. 179
Refugep. 189
One Mule and a Jackassp. 193
Bush Feverp. 201
Thoughts of Doomp. 211
Sea of Wakesp. 223
Hell Broken Loosep. 233
River's Endp. 241
Epiloguep. 249
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781572335301
ISBN-10: 1572335300
Series: Outdoor Tennessee
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39