The Headwaters


Itasca State Park, MN | How small the source! I am awe-struck at the humble conception of the largest watershed in North America. We gingerly walked across the shallow spring-fed creek. Slowly, most of the water between the crests of the Rockies and the Appalachian Mountains will wind its way into its flow, draining 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

The water from this spring will be traveling the length of the Mississippi at almost exactly the same rate as I will on my loaded bike. So, on the day I reach the muddy, mile-wide delta, when my bike wheel hits the beach, these same Itascan droplets will be entering the Gulf of Mexico. –KM

Will prepares for an arduous river crossing: