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Kayaker tries to paddle WI River as fast as possible, stops in Rhinelander Submitted: 07/22/2017
RHINELANDDER - Most people who kayak will go out for a few hours and cover several miles. But what if you had to cover more than 400 miles in a certain amount of time?

That's exactly what one southwestern Wisconsin man is doing.

Ben Sasse is from Muscoda and is trying to break the speed record for paddling the Wisconsin River.


The last record Ben found was from 1983.Two guys paddled a canoe down the river in six days and 10 hours.

Ben is trying to beat that record and on Saturday he passed by Rhinelander. His wife Kayla, who's keeping track of all his stops, met up with Newswatch 12 for a quick update.

"If he needs anything he'll just tell me ahead of time, 'ok, I'm going to need this' and I'll make sure I have it ready. That way he can pull up, I'll hand him a bag full of stuff and then he can take right back off again," said Kayla.

Ben left on Friday at 8 a.m. from below the Lac Vieux Desert dam. The Rhinelander dam was mile 80 on his trip.

Ben will end up by Wyalusing State Park. Kayla says beating the record would be one of his life-long dreams.
 
"We're just happy to be along for the ride. I have my son and our dog and we're following along just supporting him as much as we can along the way," said Kayla.

Ben couldn't stop to talk because he had to keep moving. He usually stops kayaking at around 10 p.m., once it gets dark.

Newswatch 12 will be touch with the Kayla until he finishes his trip.




Story By: Allie Herrera

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