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“Greybeard” finishes solo trip down Mississippi River, sets record at 87

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An 87-year-old adventurer, who passed through the La Crosse area on a river trip this summer, has set a new record for someone his age.

Dale Sanders, also known as Greybeard, has completed a solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River, and he did it in 87 days, as the oldest person to accomplish the feat solo.

Sanders reached the Dresbach area in mid-July, and said he was right on schedule, “trying to get 30 miles a day.”

He set 87 days as his goal, one for every year he’s been alive. He got to New Orleans on that 87th day, Sept. 8.

Greybeard set an earlier record when he canoed down the river at the age of 80. That record, however, has since been beaten.

Sanders, who’s from Memphis, was followed on his trip by a documentary crew that’s making a film about his voyage.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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