Montreal kayakers prepare to ship off on journey to Mexico
9,000-km journey will take about 15 months
It started off as a joke, but then they realized it was actually possible.
Three 26-year-old friends from Île Perrot, Que., are planning to kayak from Montreal's Old Port all the way to Mexico.
Julien Granger, Luc Labelle and Nuka De Jocas-McCrae will begin paddling this Saturday, heading first to Lake Champlain and then south along New York's Hudson River.
"At first the idea came as a joke. Friends talking about adventure and things like that. But when we actually put it on paper about three years ago, we realized how tangible it could be," De Jocas-McCrae told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty on Friday.
The trio plans to travel along the eastern coast of the United States until they reach the tip of Yucatan, in southeastern Mexico.
The journey is more than 9,000 km, and they estimate it will take about 15 months.
Along with tents, sleeping bags and some clothes, they are packing enough food into their kayaks to last 10 days. Then they will replenish their stock.
They recently met with Mylène Paquette. who crossed the North Atlantic on her own in 2013, so they could get some advice.