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Canoe adventure to Florida begins in Astoria
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 4, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on May 5, 2018 1:43PM

Martin Trahan of Quebec and Jillian Brown of British Columbia embarked from Astoria on an ambitious open canoe adventure, “Coursing Through America,” the morning of April 28. The pair plan to paddle across America to the Atlantic Ocean and the coast of the Florida Keys, a distance of 4,750 miles, in 210 days.

As of Wednesday, they were already in Portland. Photos are at Martin Trahan’s Instagram feed, @martin_trahan_canoeist; Jillian’s Istagram is @jillianabrownphotography

Their travels will take them up 140 miles of the Snake River, on a 375-mile portage through the Rocky Mountains, paddling almost 2,250 miles of the Missouri River (and portaging around 14 hydroelectric dams), to a five-day rest in St. Louis, and a stop in the Gulf of Mexico before heading to the tip of Florida.

You can follow their progress and learn more about the expedition at

“It’s a dream coming true and we are pretty excited about it,” Trahan posted on his Facebook page. “This dream is becoming reality because many people helped us.”


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