Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:33

Follow up on interesting story of Keith Lynch

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In the last edition of Your Life is Now, we met Keith Lynch.


You may recall Keith is an investment banker who is currently on a 4,000-mile journey.
In June, he began paddling his canoe in Montana en route for Dallas, Texas, where he resides.
Last week, he completed the Mississippi River and now has only two rivers to go before he arrives home.
We learned in the previous article that Keith’s journey hasn’t been without incidents. He continues to make progress. That being said, Keith has met with another frustrating challenge, but he isn’t giving up. His determination is noteworthy.
The first major obstacle occurred just a handful of days into the trip. The treacherous current of the Missouri River hurled Keith and his gear overboard.
Keith wasn’t harmed, but he lost a lot of gear including a waterproof bag containing almost $3,000 of camera equipment. Keith continued his travels, but would no longer be able to film and photograph his once-in-a-lifetime journey.  
Amazingly, a fellow paddler Keith had never met invested considerable time and effort into locating the sack of cameras and camera equipment.
Norm Miller found the bag 17 miles downstream from the spot where Keith capsized three months before. All the gear was intact except for a GPS which had condensation in it.
More recently, Keith met with more bad luck. He had tied his canoe to a dock and had set up his tent nearby. He heard a car drive towards the dock. Suddenly, he heard raucous shouting and tires spinning. Keith’s heart sank. He dashed to the dock as the car sped away. The occupants had cut the rope and pushed the canoe away from the dock, but not before stealing some of the contents — including the cooler that contained his food and water.
The canoe floated further and further away as the groan of the burdened engine grew fainter and fainter. Keith swam to his boat and was able to guide it to shore where he sat dejected. Keith couldn’t believe what had just happened. He was angry — furious even — that someone would steal his provisions and then, to add insult to injury, cast his canoe adrift.
When his adrenaline settled, he realized he was without food or water. It was time to get creative and find a solution. We’ll find out what he did in the next edition of Your Life is Now.
(Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing. For more information about his speaking engagements, phone 306-661-8975 or visit www.canoetoneworleans.com.)

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.