Happy are they who dream dreams and have the courage to make them come true!

How about you and I take three and a half years off work and paddle canoes 28000 miles around North America!?  That’s what Verlen Kruger did in 1980!

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Beginning in Missouri, he circumnavigated the USA, covering half of the Northern border, all of the Pacific seashore, half of the Gulf of Mexico, and all of the Atlantic seashore – as well as the lengths of the Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado rivers!

I’m a firm believer in the old aphorism that anything one man has done, any man can learn to do – BUT I also think that you have to be driven by some special sort of personal demons to accomplish what Verlen Kruger did.

His 1980 expedition was impressive enough – and probably one that will never be repeated but it was a mere drop in the bucket compared to Kruger’s lifetime paddling accomplishments.

In 1986, he embarked on a 4-year, 18000-mile expedition through North and South America, starting at Inuvik NWT and ending at Cape Horn, Chile!

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In total, Kruger paddled more than 100 thousand miles in his lifetime – more than any other person in history, and what makes this insane feat even crazier is he never set foot in a canoe until he was 41 years old!  Kruger’s exploits inspired the 1971 documentary titled Never Before and Never Again and earned him the 1987 ACA Legends of Paddling Award.

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