Lake Elmo man is kayaking entire length of the Mississippi

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Sam Mathieu, 23, of Lake Elmo, is making a solo kayak journey the entire length of the Mississippi River. (Submitted photo)

Sam Mathieu, 23, of Lake Elmo, is making a solo kayak journey the entire length of the Mississippi River. (Submitted photo)

Sam Mathieu is only 23, but he’s no stranger to physical endurance. He was a standout lacrosse star at Stillwater High School. He, both his parents and his older brother all have taken part in marathons. His older brother loves rock climbing and recently participated in the Minnetonka triathlon.

But Mathieu’s current adventure sets the bar a little higher. The Lake Elmo man has set out on a solo journey to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River. He began June 3.

Mathieu originally estimated the excursion, described by various sources as between 2,300 and 2,500 miles, would take 87 days.

When reached by cell phone on day 22, however, he was eight days ahead of schedule, and now figures he’ll reach the Gulf of Mexico in early to mid-August.

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