Andrews kayaker has paddled 5,000 miles on Black River

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

Henry Paul — a 77-year-old resident of Andrews — has reached 5,000 miles of paddling on the Black River since he first started keeping a log in April 2010.

“5,000 miles is about the distance from Andrews to the Hawaiian Islands,” Paul said.

“Now I am working on my next 1,000 miles.”

He said that distance is equivalent to paddling 24 hours a day for 12 days without a break.

The route Paul takes, from Red’s Landing upstream to Bark Landing, is about eight and a half miles one way, he said.

But the distance he reaches in one day is determined by the tides and water level, since a high tide creates a 1 to 2 mph current.

He kayaked 1,000 miles between June 14, 2013 and Feb. 4 in 125 trips.

Paul has captured several beautiful scenes in photographs, including landscapes, birds and turtles, and live oaks with Spanish moss and Resurrection ferns hanging over the water.

He is a boating safety advocate who recommends always wearing a personal flotation device and checking the weather before going out.

“And be aware of your paddling capabilities,” Paul said.

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