"Not all those who wander are lost"
- J. R. R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings"
 
The Adventure will begin on March 13th, 2017
 
Traci Lynn Martin, an experienced expedition kayaker and successful ultra endurance competitive kayaker, will attempt to set a new World Record in kayaking.
  
She will attempt to set a record for the farthest documented
non-stop paddling trip by kayak in one year.

Currently, according to Guinness World Records, the longest solo journey by canoe (kayak) is  3,462.89 miles (5,573 kilometres) and was achieved by Marcin Gienieczko (Poland) who travelled from Atalya, Ucayali, Peru to Belém, Para, Brazil between June 4th and September 1st,  2015.

Unofficially, the longest solo trip by kayak belongs to Freya Hoffmeister (German).  In 2009 (January 18th to December 15th) she completed a solo circumnavigation of Australia, paddling 8,570 miles in 322 days.
 

8,600 Miles will be attempted in 265 days

The Entire Route

Please veiw the 2 maps below for a closer look and more detailed information.

The anticipated time line can be followed by looking at the colored arrows.
For example, I am starting at Port Huron, the yellow arrows shows the direction that I will be paddling in April and the distance that I will be aiming to cover.

By May, I hope to have reached Chicago, and for the month of May the arrows change color to orange.

By June, I hope to have reached Lake Superior, and the arrows change color to green. ect...
The Route
and
Time-Line
   July
   Lake Superior
   June
   *Duluth
 Lake Huron
 Lake Ontario
    April
 Lake Michigan
   The Start
Port Huron,
March  13th, 2017
 
 Lake Erie
   *Cleveland
    May
   *Chicago
   All of the months are color coded

April = yellow
May = orange
June = green
July = blue
August =  hot pink
by the end of August, we should be at Quebec City
September = Dark green
October = red
November = Royal blue
December = white


   The Start
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and Beach Park
Port Huron, MI
on the southern tip of Lake Huron
 March 13 th, 2017
(or as soon as the ice melts )
We will paddle north-west towards Lake Michigan
(follow the yellow arrows)
The Finish
Lake Erie Metro Park
32481 West Jefferson Ave
Brownstown Township, MI
It is located on the  shoreline of where the Detroit River flows into Lake Erie

Finish Date... sometime in December
Check back for updates!

  September
  October
  August
  November
 Lake Ontario

Heading 1

I will be paddling through: The Saint Lawrence Seaway

2 Countries
The Atlantic Ocean
5 Canadian Provinces.. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia
14 States.... Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York,
                           New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey

The 5 Great Lakes
The St. Lawrence River Seaway
The Hudson River... to Troy, New York  (where we will paddle west onto the Erie Canal via the Mohawk River
The Erie Canal System to Lake Oneida and back onto Lake Ontario (via the Oneida and Oswego Rivers)


I Need Your Help!


 
I will be camping along the shoreline every night for 10 months. If you live on the shoreline or along any of the rivers on the above route and would not mind having me camp on your beach or property, then please contact me.
 
If you or someone that you know has any interest in following me for a day or more or allow me to have supplies shipped to your house and then meet me along the shoreline with the supplies, then please contact me.
 
Any help would be much appreciated and your name would be added to our website as a valued volunteer!  Thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
CONTACT


Heartfelt Gratitude and Colossal "Thank You"
to Stellar Kayaks

Stellar Kayaks has been working with Traci to provide her with a customed designed, high quality, reinforced hull, kayak.







Traci has elected to paddle the SR Stellar surf ski.

The NEW Stellar Racer (SR) is stable and fast for those paddlers looking to transition from a touring kayak or those who want more stability from a surf ski in rough conditions.
A greatly narrower catch and reduced volume footwell help to modernize this popular surf ski. 
We moved the paddler forward to catch waves easier as well as increasing the bow deck volume a little to release from the waves easier.
We kept the same hull shape below the water that paddlers raved about!
The beauty of the SR is that its allows you to keep your paddling rhythm without bracing, which keeps the hull speed at a higher constant rate than if you were in a racing ski and had to brace.
A water bottle holder in the cockpit and handles in the bow in stern round out this amazing
boat.

Length: 19'2" / 5.84m
Beam: 18.9" / 48cm
Depth: 13.3" / 33.8cm
Paddler: 5'-6'6" / 1.5m-2m
Capacity: 295 lbs / 135 kg

**Stellar Kayaks are adding a front and rear hatch so that Traci can carry her gear and supplies, as well as extra deck rigging and anchors.




















Stellar Kayaks is an amazing company to work with!

A HUGE Thank You to All of Our Sponsor's
 A personal "Thank You" to all of the wonderful individuals whom I have come to know
behind each of these logos,

Your encouragement and faith towards this vision has been a Godsend.

South Dakota's Best River Races LLC,
founders of the Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle
http://forttofield50.com/
 
 
 The  DIPASQUALE  Family
(for your incredibly generous donation of $1000.00)

Feng Yi outdoor Leisure Equipment Enterprise Co., Ltd.

http://www.ladsurfski.com/index.html
 The GENA Family

A HUGE Thank You to All of Those who made this World Record attempt Possible

Chris Stafford.. Thank you for putting your life on hold during 2017 and offering to help me with this incredible journey. No amount of words can express how much I truly appreciate this. You have been a God Send! Thank you Chris.

Mary Strope..  Thank you Mary for coming on board with this project and being my Media Coordinator. Your experience and expertise has been invaluable! Thank you!

Bob Van Hise and Patti Zander... (from Tonawanda, NY)
Thank you so very much for offering to bring supplies and to car portage me around Niagara Falls (coming and going).
Your noble and charitable help will be invaluable to me!!


Jarett Bies...  Your help and support is appreciated beyond words...
I am truly grateful and indebted to you!!  Thank you Jarett!!


Stephen Brede.. ( from Petoskey, MI)
Thank you for your personal interview and expedition advice.
The information you provided will be invaluable to me!
*********************
I also want to thank you and your wife for offering to allow supplies to be mailed to your home and for your invitation to allow me to stay a night with you! Thank you Stephen!


Wendell Martin... (from Chicago, Il)  Thank you so very much for offering to bring  Joe and I supplies! Your kindness is very much appreciated!

Mark Dipasquale .. (from Hopkins, Mn)
Thank you so very much for all of your help and for your extremely generous donation!

Laura Schoenholt .... (from Albany, New York). 
Thank you for offering to bring  supplies to me!

 
Anonymous...  (from Kingsville Ontario). 
Thank you for offering to bring  Joe and me supplies!

Williams Marine...  (Lansdowne, Ontario). 
Located in the heart of the 1000 Islands on the Saint Lawrence River.  Thank you for offering to allow me to camp over night at your marine!


Kaite McKy .... (Brooklin, Maine).
Thank you for offering to to let me stay the night at your home, and to take a long, hot bath... Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Wilmette Kayak Club..

Riverside Kayak Connection ....  (Retail Location)
4016 Biddle Avenue,  .. Wyandotte, MI 48192
Thank you for your offer to help me as I am paddling through your area!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 John Peterson.. Thank you for believing in me and being my #1 advocate and supporter.  Your assistance and counsel has been priceless to me.  I fear that my words of appreciation fail to express just how cherished you truly are to me. You have given me a sense of clarity which I have never known before, and for that I will forever be in your debt.  Thank you John!


 
West Hanson... for all of your time and advice on how to make this a successful documentary. Thank you West!
 
Bryan Hansel.. for your personal interview and expedition advice! Thank You Bryan!
 
Darci Winthers... Thank you for your generous offer to spend two weeks following me along the route and setting up a camp for me every night. Your help will make it possible to carry less gear and therefore paddle faster and farther!  Thank you Darci!
 
Jorglynne Maranda Martin Shepard Brooks...  Thank you my dearest daughter for offering to help mail supplies to us during our trip!!  Love You!
 
Renee and Darron Henderson... Thank you cousin for offering to help mail supplies to Joe and me during our trip!!  Love You!
 
Alex A. Shepard.. for all of your time and invaluable help and patience.. Thank you Alex!
 
Douglas Martin....  Thank you for all of your help, support, and encouragement!
 
Tamara Martin....  Thank you for all of your help, support, and encouragement!

Julie and Chris McMillian... Thank you for all of your help, support, and encouragement!

Kevin & Anita Johnson.. for all of your help, support, and encouragement!
 
 Historic Fort Adams ... Newport RI
Thank you for allowing us to mail supplies to the Fort and for allowing us to stay the night there as well!
 
 Steve Bianco .....  Lake Erie
Thank you for offereing to help and for spending a day paddling with me!

Ben Stafford ... Big Fork MT.
Thank you for your help and for your donation.

Check Out Some of these Amazing Individuals Who Have Helped Us!!

 
 
Stephen Brede
 
 
West Hanson
He has paddled all 5 of the Great Lakes!
In 2009 he paddled around Lake Huron in 90 days.
In 2010 he paddled around Lake Michigan in 95 days.
In 2012 he paddled around Lake Erie in 60 days.
In 2013 he paddled around Lake Ontario
In 2014 he paddled around Lake Superior
Check Out His Amazing Adventure!!
114 days, 4200+ miles, and two countries later, marathon paddler West Hansen completed his National Geographic-sponsored source to sea expedition, in 2013, he paddled the entire length of the  Amazon River in record time...
Check Out His Incredible Adventure!!