After giving up hope that we had qualified for Expedition Support from Mountain Equipment Co-op, we were notified that they do want to help us after all! We've recieved a generous gift certificate and our trip will appear on their website after it's done!
In other news... I've looked more closely at our take-out plans, and have realized that there is a good reason for the 14 km Grand Portage, (from the Pigeon River to Superior). The river below the Portage is unnavigable, so our trip will be ending with a bang as we haul everything down, down, down towards the lake.
We've also decided to stop to Fort Frances/International Falls, to apply for the Remote Area Border permit as well as the US equivalent (the I68). It should, hopefully, keep us out of border trouble while we're hiking through Minnesota.
Bye for now!