We're going to float the section from Tennessee 161 down to Hwy. 41 in Adams, Tennessee. Here's the aerial photo (we will be traveling right to left):
Our goal is to be on the river by noon Friday the 11th and we will paddle 6.5 miles to mouth of Buzzard Creek, which is shown on the photo above as the first red dot. We have canoed the Red dozens of times on day trips, but never for overnights. However, we have copious notes over the years preparing for just this moment. Based on those and the satellite photos, Buzzard Creek should be a great first campsite. Here's the close up:
Saturday will be 8.0 miles (four hours of paddling if you try as hard you can to slow down) to a nice bend with islands about 1/2 mile above the Bell Witch Cave (far-left red dot above, and close-up below):
Sunday paddle is about two miles. Seventeen total miles Friday to Sunday.
Note: this is not going to be a jon boat trip. So if you cooks intend to be carrying any large mammal carcasses you'll need to hack them up ahead of time. Also, the put-in is definitely 4x4 only. It's only a short distance to under the bridge so people in cars can walk, but gear needs to be in the big trucks or the trailer.
Letter from Pete F. Feldman:
Alas, it is no dice that I'll attend the Spring campaign down the Cerulean River. In fact, I might not even be able to attend the French Quarter Fest as I could very well be getting a$$raped that weekend at a new job I took at a more upscale restaurant than where I last saw you that beautiful New Orleans November day. Real top down management, daily humiliations are meted out generously to everyone, the chef is a funhouse mirror of the father we eternally disappoint. And if that isn't enough, I got summoned for jury duty on April 11th - never mind that I'm not even registered to vote down here. Though not from apathy, I tried twice online, but neither a New York license nor a US passport are considered sufficient identification.
Anyway, hope you men have great weather and an awesome trip 2 weeks hence. God willing, I'll make the Fall trip, which hopefully doesn't conflict with the Breeders' Cup, run on the first Saturday of November.