The expedition began January 2nd in the Mississippi Delta near Buras, Louisiana. From there, it was a long 2,000 miles upriver, traveling north through Memphis, Tennessee and Saint Louis, Missouri (among many other US cities) before we reached the Minnesota River, which lies just south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul around the beginning of April. The Minnesota River flows southwest for 70 miles before altering its course back northwest. We followed the Little Minnesota River, one of the Minnesota's tributaries, and headed-up to Browns Valley, Minnesota. After a short portage, we arrived on Lake Traverse and followed the Bois des Sioux River to the Red River, which flows all the way to Lake Winnipeg across the border between the United States and Canada. By the time we were on the north end of Lake Winnipeg, we'd already traveled over 3,000 miles by the middle of May.