Continuing with Hugh Heward's journal pages, matching progress with UHHC 2009 paddlers to the greatest extent possible:
Heward's Paddle Days 4, 5 and 6: STRUGGLING UPSTREAM ON THE FLOODED HURON. NO DAMS TO PORTAGE BUT ALSO NO EASY-PADDLING BACKWATERS
Paddle Day 4
Monday March 29th Repaired the Gum of our Cannots & set off with fine Weather only frosty & continued our Rout the River falling but still overflowing the Banks the Course of the River Land & Woods nearly the same our Distance something more it continued Cold Weather that the ice hung on the Branches in the River & passed some flights of Snow before the Sun Set. Encamped.
Campsite: Willow Creek Metro Park?
Paddle Day 5
Tuesday March 30th. After a very frosty Night embarked & went the same Course the River still flooding the Banks but more difficult than before at Mid Day arrived at higher Banks & the Course more to the North the Lands somewhat better but cold and barren for Culture abound'g principally with Black Oak. our Distance nearly the same as Yesterday tho' the Current stronger and more difficult than before. Encamped. (Lower Huron Metropark?)
Paddle Day 6
Wednesday March 31st. a Frosty Night but clear Morning & fine Weather all Day the water even with the banks very strong and difficult the Course North West. the banks very high & Lands something better still abounding in Black Oak about 2 oClock saw pine Trees below the high Banks continued 'tll Night & Camped. (Belleville?) the Distance as Yesterday.