Man Rides Entire Mississippi—by Paddleboard

Dave Cornthwaite traveled more than 2,300 miles on the water
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
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.

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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. (Read more boating stories.)

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