I concur that such a trip is very infeasible for a novice in such a short and clunky canoe. I don't think you would die, but simply give up after incurring many difficulties.
I know an experienced paddler who did the length of the Mississipi in a cheap rec kayak. In fact, he continued on out into the Gulf to a finish somewhere along the Mississipi or Alabama coast. He also paddled that rec kayak from Florida to the Bahamas.
Can't remember his name, but he used to own the Canoe Outpost on the Ocklawaha River in Florida. He never wanted to put my outrigger canoe on his trailer for fear of damaging it (the canoe). He also once cut a stuck padlock off my cartopping cable lock system with a big bolt cutter he had. Another time he was almost drowned when he was pinned under a giant sweeper tree while trying to clear the obstructed river with his chainsaw. He broke his leg and lost that $1000 chain saw in the process.
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