There comes a turning point in the life of every person when one reflects on their journey and work and ponders on the next path to take. Let go of becoming but never let go of taking action. Stop expecting and start living.
Fear is present every day. We can conquer fear by developing skillsets that enable us to move forward. Paddling 10,500 km is a major endeavor and I had to overcome several fears to move forward.
Can you handle what life throws at you? Add a bit of crazy nature challenges and the weeks can get mentally and physically exhausting. Regardless, I am learning each day, always looking forward to what's ahead and letting yesterday become history and memory.
I thought LONG DISTANCE paddling was all about nature, weather and safety. Well I was wrong. The biggest factor is people. They are the best and worst. I understand MORE fully that mankind is WIRED FOR CONNECTION.
No matter how much you plan, in life or in kayaking, the unexpected will happen, altering your course, your expectations and your final destination. Nature tells us that "change" will happen. Never think that life will be a easy journey. But, along the way, you will get encouragement from those who understand that 'together we are better.'
Highway 132 from Le Bic to Riviere au Renard is a stunning, scenic coastal route for the kayaker and the RV driver. Behind the beauty lies hidden danger that, for kayakers, can only be avoided by planning for that window of opportunity to get you safely from point A to B. If you are unprepared, you will get trapped only to suffer a cruel blow from a merciless sea.
Doctors Without Borders go into the storm and save lives. They do what I cannot do. But what I can do is give a small financial gift that eventually saves the life of another person in need.
Kayaking the Gaspé Peninsula has been an amazing experience. With over 1215 km behind me from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the journey to here, Grande-Vallée, has been adventurous, challenging and rewarding. Lots of great pictures to take home.
Going beyond our limits is not a bad thing. Calculating risk is necessary to achieve goals that are before you. Kayaking 10,500 km requires determination, duress and desire to meet the daily goal....regardless of the impossibilities.
In this video Mark Fuhrmann paddles the New Brunswick coast, experiencing fantastic nature and the dangers of weather.
The last leg of Northshore, Nova Scotia had some amazing experiences. What a beautiful shoreline and people along the way. No bears on the beach when camping.....
Paddling along the east coast of Nova Scotia - rugged, refreshing, rejuvenating and relentless pain in the butt.....literally. But, (excuse the pun) Mark wouldn't want to live without the good experiences of the past few days.
Leaving Norway to begin a 10,500 km solo paddle expedition called: The Greater Loop. The journey will take approximately one year where Mark Fuhrmann will seek the kindness of others and seek to keep safe from the surrounding dangers.