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.