Man kayaking down the Mississippi River will be in Davenport
Even though Mental Health Awareness Month was back in May, that didn’t stop Ohio resident Joe Soloman from doing what many people would deem impossible. He decided to kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River in hopes of raising awareness for a Cincinnati-based charity called Adventure crew who strives to
“See a future where all of the city’s teens experience the stimulating and therapeutic effects of an outdoor adventure. Where fear is overcome, confidence is gained and peace of mind is discovered.
It truly is an incredible and unimaginable feat to take on, but Joe has spoken publicly about personal experiences with kayaking and the mental health issues that will help fuel the 2,350 mile trip. He describes having a terrible reaction to an anesthetic in 2012 due to surgery that left him in a completely catatonic state, meaning he couldn’t move, speak or react to any type of stimuli. This led him down a dark path of various sanity hurdles as he was basically trapped in his own body. To fight the darkness, Joe found the light in a kayak.
He began his recovery and began kayaking eight miles a day every day for four months. As his recovery continued to progress and he realized how nature could be an incredible healing tool, he set his sights on even more ambitious goals and now says he plans to kayak the four major inland rivers of the United States ! It tackled the Ohio River in 2019 and after its impending completion from the Mississippi River it will move to the Missouri and Arkansas rivers.
Joe makes several stops along the way to rest and recuperate and luckily for us Quad Citizens he has a scheduled pit stop in Davenport this weekend and camps for a few days to recuperate before heading back out on the water. . These days off are of the utmost importance as it is not an easy physical endeavor, and Joe has made it clear that it would not be possible without the people who have helped him along the way by providing him with support. food, a place to sleep and encouragement. He lovingly refers to these kind people as “River Angels”.
You can follow his incredible mission, which started in Michigan and is expected to end in the Gulf of Mexico, on his Facebook page. Kayak 4 a cause which he updates daily and shouts at the amazing people who have helped him through the process. You can also donate to help promote and fundraise for Adventure Crew by clicking here. Joe said a paddle like this can be expensive and due to a large number of people wanting to contribute to his trip he provided his Venmo, @ Joseph-Solomon, which supporters can donate. to help Joe personally.
Once again, Joe will be stopping off at Davenport this weekend and camping for a few days, so be sure to keep an eye on his Facebook page, Kayaking 4 a Cause, for these exclusive daily updates so that you get a glimpse of him on the mighty Mississippi!
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