Dale Sanders has set a lofty goal for himself this summer. The man from Memphis is canoeing solo down the Mississippi River, and wants to finish the trip in 87 days, because he’s 87 years old.
Sanders, also known as Greybeard, went down the river in just 80 days when he was 80.
He got to Dresbach on Wednesday, a month into his latest voyage. Sanders knows what he’ll do when he reaches the mouth of the river at New Orleans, hopefully in early September.
“First thing I’m gonna do is, my wife is going to be down, we’ll give her a hug and kiss,” Sanders says. “The second thing I think I’m gonna do is look up and thank God I made it.”
Sanders has spent recent summers setting age records for long journeys, such as hiking trails around North America. He says he’s right about on schedule a month after starting at Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi in northern Minnesota.
Sanders is trying to do about 30 miles a day, and hopes to get to the Gulf of Mexico on the 8th of September, “in 87 days, my age.”
A film crew is making a documentary about Greybeard’s river trip. In real time, you can follow his travels on greybeardadventurer.com.