'can i camp to your lawn?': kayaker takes on 10,000-km event

a person riding a surf board on a body of water: Steve Chard embarked on an 18-month kayaking journey in June. © Kayak 'The outstanding Loop' - Paddle with Steve/facebook Steve Chard embarked on an 18-month kayaking journey in June.

A Briton is trekking an odd route this facet of the ocean to have fun his retirement.

Some americans decide to spend their retirement resting up. Steve Chard will spend spend a part of his on an 18-month kayaking journey.

He set out from Halifax in his kayak in June.

"here's the crazy bit — I have not planned anything else," the 60-year-ancient told CBC's  Shift.

"I come ashore each evening. I see a row of cottages, and i tap just a few doorways and that i say, 'Please can i camp to your lawn?'"  

a small boat in a body of water: Some people have joined Chard out on the water since he began the trip, which he hopes will raise money for nine charities. © Kayak 'The wonderful Loop' - paddle with Steve/fb Some people have joined Chard out on the water seeing that he began the shuttle, which he hopes will raise funds for 9 charities.

Chard, a Royal Navy veteran and retired health-care employee who lives in Piddletrenthide, a village in England, is taking his personal spin on what's regular because the "superb loop."

"Most terrific loopers do it in a trawler yacht, now not a kayak," he mentioned.

"They delivery of from Stuart, Florida, go up the east coast as far as new york and then take the Hudson River to join the great Lakes round Chicago and returned down the Mississippi after which lower back alongside the Gulf [of Mexico] into coastal waterway, the coast of Alabama, returned to citadel Myers and thru the Okeechobee Waterway again to Stuart."

however Chard has started in Nova Scotia, where his brother lives.

From there, he is travelling up the Gaspé, along the St. Lawrence River and into the amazing Lakes. After he receives to ny, he'll add the new England states, completing in Maine.

He'll tie off the loop by going up the Bay of Fundy and throughout to Nova Scotia.

His event is rarely just for enjoyable, however. Chard is paddling for 9 charities.

he is elevating cash for HMCS Sackville and the Kidney basis of Canada. he is additionally elevating cash for 3 U.S. charities, together with Disabled American Veterans, the American Kidney Fund, and the U.S. Navy Submarine drive Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut, along with 4 British charities.

Chard is paddling solo and contains every thing he needs for the commute with him in his 17-foot day trip sea kayak, together with dehydrated ration packs in case of a nasty storm, his tent, meals, and cooking components.

he's well-prepared, having educated for pretty much two years earlier than setting out on the event

a man carrying a surf board in the water: Chard says he's met a lot of people on social media because of his trip, which will include parts of Canada and the U.S. and finish in Nova Scotia, where he started. © Kayak 'The great Loop' - paddle with Steve/fb Chard says he is met a lot of people on social media as a result of his commute, that will encompass elements of Canada and the U.S. and conclude in Nova Scotia, the place he begun.

'It changed into getting as many miles on the water within the week as I might," he pointed out. He additionally practised yoga and Pilates to assist him prepare.

besides the fact that he is touring on my own, he is made friends via social media and a few of them have joined him on the water.

"With the joys of social media, I've made so many fb pals with kayak clubs throughout the route and individuals are coming out to paddle with me," he said.

so far, Chard has achieved 1,000 kilometres of his 10,000-km experience. He said he's hoping to finish his adventure through Aug. 31, 2019.


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