- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - A group of friends recently paddled its way to the banks of the Bois De Sioux River as part of a 5,200-mile, nine-month expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.

The six experienced outdoorsmen, dubbed the “Rediscover North America” crew, frequently have improvised during their adventure of epic proportions, doing their own repairs and relying on the kindness of people they meet along the way, The Wahpeton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1Q5ZA4d ) reported. The tight-knit group, which hails from Minnesota and Iowa, has been logging eight to 10 hours of canoeing each day.

“We travel each day without a spot picked out. It’s nice to find a cool spot with a nice view at the end of a good day of paddling,” Dan Flynn said. “Not setting goals keeps everyone in high spirits. We always make what we estimate and usually more.”

The adventurous clan is comprised of Flynn, Winchell Delano, Luke Kimmes, Jarrod Moore, John Keaveny and Adam Trigg.

After nearly 200 days of adventuring, the men recently stopped for water in Chahinkapa Park, before making their way to Grand Forks.

The men said they have received a lot of help along the way from onlookers and supporters who have given them gear, equipment and food.

“The hospitality we’ve been given is amazing,” Flynn said. “The other day we were coming into Browns Valley (Minnesota) and there was a guy at the end of the river who wanted to meet us, so we got out and started talking to him. Before we knew it, he ran off and brought us some food and wanted to hangout for an hour. That happens a lot on the Mississippi.”

The crew hasn’t yet reached the halfway point of their trip, with about five more months to go, but the men are looking forward to reaching the Red River, where they’ll be able to paddle downstream for the first time on their journey.

“At the beginning we never thought it would be this big, but it’s sweet to have that level of support,” Keaveny said. “When you’ve been out here for a while and you run into someone who’s really pumped up about the trip, it re-energizes you.”

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Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, https://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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