Traci Lynn Martin is now ready to launch for the beginning of her journey taking aim at the worlds one year kayaking mileage record. Traci’s goal is 8,600 miles. See more about her story on the link below, there are eight videos over four chapters, we think you’ll find it very inspiring: http://immersive.healthcentral.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/d/LBLN/tmartin-living-with-ra/?ic=caro
By Scott Edwards
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Henry David Thoreau
I would imagine that these words have inspired hundreds, nay, thousands of paddlers of every cloth to venture out into the arms of nature and live the life they always had dreamed of. And, not just paddlers, but, hikers, climbers, divers, surfers, explorers of nature (and of themselves) and countless others who seek to not only test their mettle in the midst of Gaia, but, to find that piece of themselves that no other seems to fit.
It is with this thought in my mind that I sit at my computer tonight and try to do justice to another of our kind who despite tragic loss and her own physical challenges, hopes to inspire and show those who doubt, that, “If you can dream it, you can be it.” Traci Lynn Martin is setting out on a 265-day expedition to paddle more miles in a year than anyone else ever has. Traci lost her mother to pancreatic cancer and she implored her daughter to ‘Carpe Diem’, seize the day, make your life memorable. And at 49 years old, and fighting her own physical challenge of Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease (RA), she is setting out this March to cover 8,600 miles, 32.5 miles a day, in a custom Stellar Surf Ski that will hold supplies between caches as she camps out every night and makes her way on a journey of most epic proportions.
Her journey will cover two countries, the Atlantic Ocean, five Canadian Provinces, 14 U.S. States, all five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal to Lake Oneida and back to Lake Ontario via the Oneida and Oswego Rivers. The official launch point will be from Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and Beach Park in Port Huron, Michigan and take out will be at Lake Erie Metro Park.
Obviously, Traci is an accomplished kayaker in her own right and has a bevy of medals and trophies to attest to her prowess. But, she also has a full time job and two young children. It has taken two years to plan this trip, make sure she still has a job when she gets back and see to the care of her family. All the while having to give herself an injection for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The physical and mental strength this expedition is going to require is almost unimaginable. She is going to be cold, wet and tired for almost a year. She has been building her endurance using a kayaking ergometer, as well as her normal paddling. That being said this would challenge anyone of any skill level on more fronts than one can imagine.
Obviously, one cannot do adventures of this magnitude on their own. However, Traci has funded the lion’s share of this trip on her own. She does have sponsors who have made the trip possible, such as Stellar Kayaks and RPC3 Paddles amongst others, but with the heartfelt desire to inspire and motivate anyone, regardless of age, physical challenge or anything other obstacle to dare to make their life memorable and get out their and pursue your dreams. I find myself remarkably moved by this woman’s courage and passion for what feeds her soul. I think many of you will too. Traci has a website up where you can learn more about this epic journey
And also has a beautiful trailer about her upcoming challenge that can be found on the website or at:
She is going to need places to camp out and people to meet her on shore to resupply. If you are interested at helping out at all, you can contact Traci via her website. There you can find out a plethora of information about this journey and get to know Traci a little. Visit the website and applaud the effort of someone whose out to try and inspire us all to dare greatly.