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Canoe Across America Expediton begins April 1

April 22, 2011

Darrin Kimbler, 41, of Madison, Wisconsin, along with his seven-year old Australian cattle dog Mike, launched Canoe Across America obesity awareness expedition from Astoria, Ore. on April 1, 2011.

The canoeing expedition began on the Columbia River in Oregon and will culminate 5,200 miles later in Key West, Florida (in December 2011). It is an extraordinary distance and timeframe for an outdoor expedition of any kind.

Kimbler's route includes sixteen states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Major cities include: Portland, Ore., Missoula, Mont., Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo. & Kan., St. Louis, Mo., Mobile, Ala., Tampa, Fla. and St. Petersburg, Fla.

Waterways and landforms of the expedition, in geographic order, include the Columbia River, the Pend Oreille River, the Clark Fork River, the Continental Divide, the Missouri River, the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, the Tennessee River, the Tenn-Tom Canal, the Tombigbee River and the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.

Kimbler is motivated by a desire to shed 30 pounds and prevent the heart disease and diabetes that run in his family. He hopes his example will bring awareness to the American obesity epidemic while inspiring Americans to get active outdoors.

Darrin and his dog

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