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Change of plans didn't halt paddler's adventure

Rudy Goldstein of Hutchinson paddled upstream against spring flows on the Minnesota River in May. (Tribune file photo)

HUTCHINSON -- Some adventures have to be made up on the way, and that worked just fine for Rudy Goldstein, 23, of Hutchinson.

He returned home Aug. 9 after a 104-days, 2,300 miles long paddle in his 12-foot Old Town Dirigo kayak, according to the online blog he kept of his adventure.

Inspired by Eric Sevareid's book "Canoeing with the Cree,'' Goldstein set out from Hutchinson in April to re-create Sevareid and Walter Port's epic trip to York Factory on Hudson Bay. He followed the Minnesota River and Red River to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, but had to revise his plans. He determined he could not find a way back from York Factory were he to reach it.

Instead, Goldstein devised his own route that saw him return to the Rainy River, and follow the northern border lakes route between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. He trekked across the nine-mile Grand Portage to Lake Superior, and paddled its big waters to reach the Brule and St. Croix Rivers and ultimately, the Mississippi River and Crow River.

His final miles on the Crow River back to Hutchinson may have been his most difficult of all. He had to walk about one-half of the distance on the Crow River, broke two paddles, and was ill from bad water, he reported.

He was welcomed back by his parents and other supporters, and is now in Lawrence, Kansas, where he will be completing his doctoral studies in cognitive psychology.

His blog remains posted on the Web at: www/

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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