Kayaking The Great Loop
Distance: 5000 – 7500 miles (8,000 – 12,300km)
What is The Great Loop?
The Great Loop is a multitude of linking waterways around the eastern portion of Canada and the USA, which consists of the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Canals, and Inland Rivers of America’s heartland.
5000 – 7500 Miles. The total distance actually depends on which route variation and side trips I decide to take. However I will be navigating in a counter-clockwise direction to take advantage of the river currents. Also, counter-clockwise is the recommended directions of travel by the various resources.
Why did I choose The Great Loop?
Passing through Canadian provinces and several States in the USA, via waterways, while following the warm/hot season, how could I not consider this adventure?! So much to see and do! All the cities, towns, communities, cultural differences from location to location, the people, and the many historical sites…its an amazing journey to consider!
Yes, but why by Kayak !?
The benefits are extremely rewarding!
Firstly, it’s got to be one of the cheapest ways to travel while covering this much distance. I happen to like cheap, adventure, traveling, exploring, sight seeing, so much history to be seen, rivers, oceans, camping, fishing, swimming, warm weather, daily exercise, meeting people, sleeping under the stars, taking my time and enjoying the moments.
Another aspect that many people are unaware of, you can navigate it without ever losing sight of land, it’s always within arms reach!
According to Captain John – “…you will be boating in areas that are as readily accessible by Emergency Medical personnel, and convenient to pharmacies, hospitals, banks, post offices, rental cars, airports, restaurants, movie theaters, museums, and endless amounts of historic places to see and experience…”
Time Frame: Approximately 13 -15 months.
Starting Point: I chose Mobile Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico as my starting point based on the time of year I would be able to begin. I had to start where the warm weather resides and then follow it throughout the adventure in a counter clockwise direction