Traveling the Mississippi River by Paddleboard

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Dave Cornthwaite on his paddleboard. credit: http://www.facebook.com/expedition1000

There are so many ways to travel the length of the Mississippi River: by car, by bicycle, by canoe, by motorboat. But this one is a first.

On Monday, British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite will begin a 2,400-mile journey from the source of the Mississippi River in Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico — all on a stand-up paddleboard.

Why? Lots of reasons, according to Cornthwaite’s website:

 

“The Expedition aims to provide a platform for flatwater Stand Up Paddleboarding as a healthy, enjoyable sport, linking communities along the waterway, encouraging an appreciation of the Mississippi River through sport and travel as well as highlighting the issues faced by the river.”

 

The journey will be the fourth in Cornthwaite’s Expedition1000 project, in which he is attempting to complete 25 adventures, each longer than 1,000 miles and each by a different form of non-motorized transport. He plans to hit every continent, travel to both poles and cross the three major oceans.

A major goal, he explains on his blog, is to raise funds for charities that contribute to environmental, educational and health causes.

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Cornwaithe has already skateboarded more than 2,600 miles along the length of Britain. He kayaked more than 1,500 miles down the Murray River in Australia. And he rode a tandem bicycle with a partner for nearly 1,400 miles, from Vancouver to Las Vegas.

Other trips in the works include paragliding in the Himalayas, horseback riding in Mongolia and skiing to the South Pole.

He expects his Mississippi River trip to take 85 days, which means you should expect him in New Orleans in September.