I’ve been fascinated by the Mighty Mississip meets the idea of Middle America personified for quite some time. Just the idea that one can attempt to get to the heart of the story, to the heart of who we are: our triumphs and tribulations – a celebration of our freedom – in one setting, is as Huck Finn might say, mighty powerful. We’re knocking on the door of the Great Recession and yet this is the time when our country rises to the occasion, when we as the American people help each other out, when we stand strong. I want to try to capture this. I want to attempt to underscore the word “freedom” by canoeing down the entire length of the Mississippi River. Not necessarily as a catalysis for change but as an observer, as a mirror to what we’re doing right. I’m a fan of adventure, of Mark Twain, of Hemingway, of Dan Eldon, and of Eddy L. Harris. I’m a fan of America.