I meant to post this yesterday as it was "National Canoe Day" in Canada.
One morning in 1980, Don Starkell and his two sons dropped a canoe and some supplies into the Red River in north-east Winnipeg. This in itself is not significant, as paddling on Winnipeg's rivers is a popular pastime. What is remarkable is their intended destination - The Amazon River. It's a real shame that so few people are aware of Dons attempt to Paddle to The Amazon
It does not surprise me that no one responded to this post in 2 and a half years. It's perfectly in-keeping with this man's story. Although it strikes me as a truly amazing feat - the man (as well as his son) is virtually unknown. I've read the book more than once and have had the pleasure of dining with him prior to a speaking engagement for which I booked him to tell his tale.
I'm not sure I ever saw this either. But funnily enough a man I used to work with in my overlanding days, Phil Harwood, has released a book about kayaking the full length of the Congo River. He did it in 2008 but has only just released it now for some reason -
John Fairfax Dead: Rower Who Crossed Atlantic, Pacific In Rowboats, Dies Aged 74 Fairfax gained international attention in 1969 when he became the first person in recorded history to cross the Atlantic alone by rowboat. He dealt with sharks, storms and exhaustion on the six-month, 5,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Florida. In 1972, he and his girlfriend, Sylvia Cook, became the first known people to row across the Pacific Ocean. He survived a shark attack and cyclone on the yearlong, 8,000-mile trek from San Francisco to Australia. Click headline for full story & video.