This chapter shows the author performing the hardest task of the whole trip: taking his sodden river shirt off the roof of the tent and buttoning it on. This seems like no big deal, but the author has just emerged from the double dry and cozy cocoon of sleeping bag and tent. The shirt is still soaked and muddy from yesterday's dunking, and further soaked by the rain, which somehow didn't wash the mud out of it as the author had hoped. The pants are wet, too, but somehow he doesn't mind that as much as the wet shirt. It's a cool, overcast morning with occasional drizzle that will follow them all day long.
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