Paddling Life Magazine is reporting that adventurer Dan Cook intends to row the entire length of the Missouri River beginning in April of 2009. Cook will be rowing for a cause as he goes about his journey, as he intends to use the trip to raise awareness for disabled veterans in the U.S.
On April 1st of next year, Cook will put his custom built 17-foot dory into the water at Missouri Headwaters State Park, in Three Forks, Montana. From there, he’ll set off on a two and a half month long journey that will see him covering 3700 miles before culminating at the Gulf of Mexico. In the process he’ll run the length of the Missouri until it meets the Mississippi, and then continue south to the Gulf. Along the way, he’ll deal with unpredictable weather conditions, fast changing water levels, and more 900 miles of reservoir crossings. He’ll stay on the boat for most of the trip, sleeping on the deck and eating mostly freeze dried meals along the way.
Cook works for Rivers of Recovery, a group dedicated to helping disabled veterans recapture the energy and excitement of their lives by taking them fishing. This reconnection with nature allows them to learn about themselves, grow closer to their families once again, and rebuild their confidence and happiness. He is also known for his around the world fishing adventures that saw him fly fishing in 25 countries over 27 months, with 75,000 miles traveled. In that time span, he caught over 62 different species of fish.
Good luck on this next venture Dan! And stay out of water come April. It’ll still be a bit cold!
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