Man Rides Entire Mississippi—by Paddleboard

Dave Cornthwaite traveled more than 2,300 miles on the water
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2011 5:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – A British man has conquered the 2,300-plus miles of the Mississippi, with only a stand-up paddleboard to keep him moving. Dave Cornthwaite, 31, has earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for his journey from Elk Lake, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico, the Huffington Post reports. After a two-and-a-half month trip, he just made it: His US visa expires tomorrow. It’s nothing new for the London man, who’s already skateboarded more than 2,000 miles across Australia.

The Mississippi trek is the fourth of Cornthwaite’s 25 planned expeditions via motor-free transportation; others already achieved include kayaking a 1,500-mile Australian river and tandem-biking from Vancouver to Las Vegas. He’ll do 1,000 miles in a wheelchair next summer. The goal: Raise $1.6 million for East African communities and a breast cancer charity. Click through for more from the adventurer.

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